Bruce Ward (wardb@AGRIC.NSW.GOV.AU)
Fri, 4 Nov 1994 11:20:51 EST
The question was asked, how do other countries handle the citizenship
issue, and how would non-nationals cope?
In the Scout section in Australia (11-14 years old), Citizenship is
an essential badge in the advancement system. There are three levels,
being pioneer, explorer and adventurer. At each level, the Citizenship
badge has the following broad requirements:
Law and Promise
The first three are compulsary, and the Scout must choose three of the
remaining five sections to complete the badge. At all levels, the badge
seems to avoid a nationalsitic approach, this being achieved in the
'Scoutcraft' badge earned in the first few weeks in the Troop, (basic knots,
flag, axe & saw safety etc).
I think an international Scout would have no problems completing the badge
at any level, but may have to learn something about Australian or
interational culture to do so. For example, the Heritage requirement
at Pioneer level is focussed on Australian Aboriginal culture. As a leader,
I would consider the substitution of another aboriginal culture if the
Scout was really interested.
I would be happy to type in the badge requirement and post it, but it would
a bit long for the list, so I will make the offer to any individual who
would like to contact me direct. My personal email address is
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City