Re: BSA National Update (Week...
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Sat, 15 Oct 1994 11:45:24 -0500
> Why is there a prohibition on non-US citizens holding positions as
Actually no adult may register in our country's Scouting movement
without written permission from their country of citizenship, AND the
approval of the CR for the unit.
Why? 1. It is in our rules (as it is in most countries) as we ask
our leaders to say the Pledge of Allegience to OUR flag (not some
other country) and to be a "participating citizen" thus enabling each
adult to be an example of the "participating citizen" (in this country
- as that means different things in different countries) we are
charged to teach each boy we work with or indeed near in Scouting.
It would be VERY difficult for me to lead a little boy in India in
supporting his government, as an American, I do not know that
government, culture, etc. The same holds true here and everywhere.
> Is this a good policy? If so - why? If not - why not?
Yes - if we plan to uphold our aims of the
Boy Scouts of America program ---
1. Good character
2. Personal Growth
3. Participating citizenship (in our country---we can only hope that
other adults and countries do not proport to know every country, and
try to develop citizenship for lands unknown.)
Hope this helps.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City