Re: Requiring Webelos to Join Troop as AOL Condition
Robert G. Russell (grussell@UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU)
Tue, 6 Jun 1995 10:52:28 -0500
On Mon, 5 Jun 1995, Kim Hannemann MPSVP 80167 wrote:
> 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.
I did not catch the original message but thi way I read the requirements
for my den of Webelos was that they needed to get an application from a
scoutmaster ( not from me) and fill it out etc. This would seem to be so
the boy would be exposed to at least 1 troop, the choice would still be
up to boy/parents to make as to actually joining. I would presume that in
most cases a boy not interested in continueing <sp?> as a boy scout would
probably not care about AOL.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City