Re: membership requirements
Patrick G Skelly (scoutldr@AOL.COM)
Mon, 28 Feb 1994 22:12:07 EST
Sorry, Mike, but I have to disagree with you here ...
You said, "I would strongly recommend that the Scout Executive or the Field
Director with those responsibilities is contacted so that the child can be
registered and "tagged" by the local Council so that when advancements are
sent up to the Council office, they are not rejected because of exceeding the
Yes, tagging can be very helpful ... it helps assure that the kids in the
back of the bus go to temple, while the ones in the front go to church.
There is only one situation in Adam's scouting career when his disability or
age MAY need to be known outside of his unit: as part of his potential
application for the Eagle or Quartermaster Awards. He may need and deserve,
by virtue of his disability, some extra time or alternative Merit Badge(s) to
earn the Eagle Award, or extra time to earn the Quartermaster Award in Sea
The rest of this is detail, ignore it if you would prefer.
If a disability accommodation is needed, a professional evaluation (by
physician, educational administrator, psychologist, psychiatrist) supporting
decisions within his CHARTERED ORGANIZATION needs to be obtained, and "given
to" (not "approved by") the Council Advancement Committee. That evaluation
is placed in the council's unit file for purposes of record, but NOT action.
It will be included with the documentation provided to an Eagle or
Quartermaster Board of Review, and then to the Council Advancement Committee,
Executive Board, and National Council. Nowhere in my extensive reading and
work in this area do I find that any of them are given the right to question
the professional evaluation.
Though it is nowhere formally discussed by BSA, these youth should not have
an open license to spend the rest of their lives striving to become Eagles.
They should have to know the pressures of a time constraint, but one that is
reasonable to their needs and ability. Scoutmaster conferences with the boy
are needed every six months or so; a map and time-line to Eagle should be
developed, checked off, and even adapted if changing circumstances would
Sidebar: The merit badges which are proposed as alternates on the "required
list" for the Eagle Award ARE approved by the Council Advancement Committee,
"using the expertise of professional persons involved in Scouting for the
- Pat Skelly, "Scout_Ldr@AOL.com"
Chartered Organization Representative, Disabled American Veterans
Troop and Post 520, serving Scouts and Explorers with disAbilities
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City