Re: BSA Registration
John Gareri (gareri@OSPREY.US.DG.COM)
Thu, 24 Nov 1994 09:46:31 -0500
Tom Granvold wrote wondering why troops register their college
adults. Since my troop has been doing this for a long time, I felt
the need to respond. We see it as a trememdous advantage having older scouts
in the program. We traditionally have several high school seniors
wanting to continue scouting when they are in college. The reason
for this is is because they had a GREAT time when they were younger and
have seen others stay involved.
Yes we know that college students (no matter what age) have little
time for regular troop participation, but when they are home for
breaks, they feel welcome in coming to a meeting or a camping trip.
We always make a big deal out of "graduating" our 18 year olds into
being adult leaders. We include them when ever possible and it makes
a difference for the older scouts (16-17YO) since they see a continuation,
not just a program for parents and kids, but all ages of adults.
can help with the program.
Since the BSA gives little choice in how these 18YOs get registered,
we keep them on as ASMs. It also makes it easier relating to the
scouts in the troop if we have adults that are closer to their ages.
Scouting is the only playground in the world that 11 to 17 year olds
play together. Having 18-20 YO ASMs helps keep the 16-17YO in the program.
I hope this helps,
YIS - JOHN GARERI
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