Re: Need Info on Scouting in Munich
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Thu, 24 Feb 1994 00:33:09 +000
Other alternatives would be to join one of the German Scout Organisations
or to join the (UK) Scout Association if there is a local troop. There
would be no problem in " converting " and the Scout would automatically
enter at either the award level relevant to his age or at a higher level
based on his previous experience in BSA. This would make the language
problem easier, but for a truly international experience try a local
troop - you will probably find that most of the kids speak more than
adequate English, and your lad would soon pick up a working knowledge of
However - on return to USA expect hassles in " converting " back
"advancement " ... there is a procedure which involves submitting the
Scout's records to the new BSA district for assessment - for
information see " Advancement Guidelines "
However - most European organisations are less organised / efficient /
structured/bureaucratic [select your preferred option] as BSA so the kid
will need to keep a detailed record of what he did and when. Certainly t
the Scout Association does not keep ANY records beyond unit level as a
matter of routine apart from the Queen's Scout Award, and sometimes the
record cards held by the troop are dumped within a year or so of the boy
The plus side of the UK system is that the program has a number of what
are in effect " write your own requirement " options, and it would be
possible to ask the PLC to adopt a standard which follows BSA requirements.
It would, of course, be possible to register as a Lone Scout with BSA in
order to keep up with advancement and tenure, and join a local or expat
troop for the program !
For details of UK troops in Germany write to :
The International Commissioner
London E4 UK
You should be able to get addresses for the German Associations from your
Council Service Center.
If I can help in any way please feel free to email me.
Pack Helper 25th Greenwich
Member, International Federation of Former Scouts & Guides
(UK Scout Fellowship)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City