BSA National Update (Week
Olan Watkins (o.watkins@GENIE.GEIS.COM)
Tue, 18 Oct 1994 04:22:00 UTC
A lot of people have discussed the rules that Kathie Cerveny was talking
about a good bit, but I think that most of us may have missed a point.
I believe that what she was referring to are the curtisy rules for a BSA
unit that is operating in some other country. For example, a unit that might
be sponsored by a military unit within the boundry of another country, it
would be common curtisy before recruiting a youth of that country into the
BSA unit, to seek permission of the Scouting units of that country to insure
that there was not another available Scouting unit of that country to which
he might join instead. In other words, do not take youth of that nation away
from Scouting units of that country.
I am not sure if other nations do the same as America, and take out Scouting
units with us to other countries, but assume that there is a British Embassy
in your city and they sponsor a British Scouting unit for the kids of the
people stationed at the embassy. If American kids wanted to join the British
Troop and had other BSA Troops available that they could join, it is very
likely that they would seek permission to join the British unit rather than
the American BSA unit.
I believe that is what the rules are about, where Scouting units of both
countries are available, permission of the one country's Scouting
Association might well be required before one could join another country's
The same situation might also apply along the US and Canada border, kids
from both sides of the border might elect for their own personal reasons to
cross the border and join units of the other country.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City