Re: BSA National Update (Week...
Sun, 16 Oct 1994 17:49:10 -0400
In my experience, the BSA is the only country placing citizenship limitations
on Leaders in Scouting. Since the Chartering Organisation Representative
(COR) has to approve of adults taking leadership positions in a BSA unit,
this is a moot point that doesn't have much to do with citizenship. I have
NEVER been asked to provide written permission from my country of origin as
part of the leadership application process - even in the USA...
One does not have to be a citizen of the country in which one is living in
order to be a "participating citizen". I can be a good example of a
"participating citizen" without having to be a citizen of the country where I
happen to be living. It is also quite possible to teach citizenship skills to
a youngster, no matter the nationality of citizenship - most principles of
citizenship are quite universal.
While I don't want to be provacative here, there is something I would be
interested in learning about as concerns your concept of "participating
citizenship". Given the low voter turnout in many local, state, and even
national elections - and the may "reasons" I hear from American colleagues
for their not having voted - how many Scout Leaders actively participate in
this process on all three levels? You see, I participate in all three types
of elections, even if I have to do so by a fairly convoluted absentee
ballotting process. I also keep myself informed on the political activities
from home throughout the year.
I have been accepted in leadership positions in several different countries,
and have been able to teach overviews of a wide range of citizenship badges
in each instance. There were a few requirements that we asked local
politicians, judges, or other officials to work with the Scouts on, but the
general run of citizenship responsibilities are prety much the same,
regardless of where you live.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City