Re: BSA Registration - Yo
Scott Begin (0005555440@MCIMAIL.COM)
Thu, 24 Nov 1994 21:54:00 EST
Tom Gravold Wrote:
"Why do troops do this? What benifit is there to the troop or the
Eagles by having them registered as ASM when they are away and are not
doing anything with the troop?"
I have two experiences in this type of situation.
Even though I did not make Eagle, I was registred with my home troop
for 5 years until after I graduated from College. I know my father paid
my registration (since the troop couldn't afford it) during this time,
although if asked, I would have paid it. I needed to be registered in
the BSA in order to work at Philmont during the summer. There were
other ways I could be registered, but this was easiest.
During that time, I assisted the troop when I was home and could,
usually only during the month of May between when I got home from school
and when I left for Philmont. The District Scout-O-Rama was during this
time and I made 3 out of 4 of those (the last year, I was taking
ScoutMaster Fundamentals outdoor session to finish training I started at
the APO national convention the previous christmas). The last summer I
was in school, I went to camp as an assistant scoutmaster with the troop
(since this was the first time in 6 years I wasn't working at camp).
I probably wouldn't have been as active in the troop if my father
hadn't been scoutmaster (and notified of all activities when I was
home). However, I would have felt really bad if I hadn't been allowed
to register with the troop because I wasn't there to contribute often
enough. I may not have gotten back into scouting as soon as I did after
getting settled in Illinois.
I do feel that the sabatical I took from the troop helped me as I had
gotten burned out by the time I turned 18. I also think it helped me
become a better ASM because when I got back, most of the youth who had
been scouts when I was in the troop were either gone or old enough to
work with me much better as an adult. The new scouts who didn't know me
respected me much better than if I had been around. Based on comments
I have seen on this list regarding the JASM position, I am sure that if
this position is handled correctly, it may have helped me not to need a
break from the troop.
The current troop I am with also registers Eagle Scouts while they are
in College. I was told this is a way of paying them back for the
leadership and service they gave to the troop while they were youth
members. It also allows an easy registration when they have too many
things to do at college to work with scouts on a regular basis, as well
as so they can maintain OA registration as youth members. It is a way
to bridge the gap between their leadership in the troop and active
scouting that usually comes after graduation from college, weither that
comes with our troop or some other troop. Since I have been with the
troop (2 years), we have had one scout return to activity, mostly in the
OA, but offering to be a leader for any outings if asked.
I'm sure that it costs the troop quite a bit to keep these scouts on
the charter, but I feel if the troop can afford it, it is worth it. I
think it shows the scouts that they are appreciated, even if they are
not directly serving the troop.
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin ASM, T-348, Oak Forest, IL; Calumet Council
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