Re: BSA: Definitive Answer
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Mon, 28 Nov 1994 14:33:20 CST
"Michael S. Holmes" <HolmesWCW@AOL.COM> writes:
>By, the way, I see a lot opinions expressed on SCOUTS-L which purport to
>express BSA policy. I do not dispute them, necessarily, but I would
>appreciate a citation to the official BSA source when such an assertion is
>made. I feel that would reduce confusion and the possible dissemination of
>incorrect information. At least anyone who disagreed could check the
>For example, the question about adult registration for those under 21 is
>clearly and succinctly answered by looking at the inside cover of the adult
>registration form -- qualifications, #28-501J. There really should not be
>any argument about it, IMHO.
Two comments, Michael. The first one is that a LOT of Scouters DON'T
have instant access to or can get ahold of various BSA (or other
organization's) publications. Therefore, stating a form or manual
number don't help them too much...they want to know what the answer
is. Second, even when you post the manual number, it may be last
years' or the 1984 version of the same manual.
In this case, there is conflicting information that is PUBLISHED that
the Scouter's Committee Chair (or someone) had access to that told him
that the Scout cannot be an Assistant Scoutmaster...we don't know that
information, so I didn't comment on that part of the question. I
answered the question as posted.
The WELCOME posting each of us received states in part that each
posting reflects the PERSONAL OPINION of the poster, except where
official material is referenced or listed...in those cases, the cited
reference is listed or explained in sufficient detail as to allow
those REALLY interested to seek out what THEIR local organization says
"is the bottom line".
Remember, in the case of the BSA, while as Kathie and I keep
explaining that the "rules are the rules, and everyone needs to be on
the same sheet of music", that many local Councils ARE STILL using
manuals and publications as GUIDELINES, and NOT as policy. Your local
Council is the BEST guidance if you dispute information here.
This forum is the SECOND BEST guidance if you still dispute it.
>Yes! Any Scout or Scouter in uniform may (indeed, is encouraged to) wear
>their medals (not just Eagle, but Silver, Training, etc.) at "formal or dress
>occasions." (From Boy Scout Insignia #3064.)
In nine local Councils that I know of, the Eagle Scout Medal is the
ONLY award that adults can wear at Eagle Courts of Honor. It was
justified, because "the event is to honor Eagle Scouts, not to display
awards that you have earned or recieved". This goes clearly in the
face of what the BSA Insignia Guide (the true name of the booklet you
Scouts-L is NOT designed to be the official BSA (or any other
organization)'s "sole source of infomation". That is the job of your
local Council or equalvent organization. The list WAS designed to
answer those questions, just as we've participated here, with
references IF THE PERSON REQUESTED THEM, to the appropriate manual,
book, poster, or organization.
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