Requiring Webelos to Join Troop as AOL Condition
Kim Hannemann MPSVP 80167 (KHANNEMANN@WORLDBANK.ORG)
Mon, 5 Jun 1995 13:47:00 -0500
I agree with Kyna (and one or two others who posted):
>At any rate, AOL is a Cub Scout Award, and really
>should not be contingent upon whether or not he (or his parents)
>decide to go on in scouting.
If I had my druthers, the part about [filling out the application and
showing it to your parents] would not be part of the AoL at all, let
alone the notion that one should have to join a Troop first. Awards
are supposed to be given for efforts and accomplishments. Provisions
that require enforced continuing participation are like pyramid
schemes. I find it manipulative.
The highest award in [BSA] Boy Scouting is the Eagle. We do not
require a boy to join NESA or become an adult Scouter as a condition
of receiving his Eagle. (Yes, I know about the Eagle Charge - not
the same thing at all.) Neither do we require boys reaching various
ranks to pay their dues for the next six months before they are
A lot of ideas get tossed around at these conferences and seminars,
some good and some not so hot. I hope this one gets flushed.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City