Re: FOREIGN SCOUTS/Co-ed Scouting (Long)
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Sat, 12 Aug 1995 04:42:41 +0100
I liked Roger's suggestion about offering to become the Counselor for the
young lady in the Lone Scout program of her own Association ... BUT what
if the home country does not have a Lone Scout program ?
We don't have it here in UK ... If it were one of the girls in my troop
she could continue to be on the register. Any activities she did which
qualified could be signed off in her book by anybody approved by the
Scout Leader and PLC , and I would imagine that a registered BSA/GSUSA
Scouter <or junior leader> should be automatically considered " approved "
in this context.
However, the co-ed issues remain ... e.g. a single girl on a campout
could be a problem even with female leadership or even Mum present. In
reality I think GSUSA would be the solution for a younger girl.
Personally I would sent transfer papers to GSUSA if she were under 14 and
if she were over 14 I would look at Exploring as an option. BUT remember
that a female explorer may not earn Boy Scouts of America ranks or MBs.
So if this was an issue she could remain registered with her old troop
and follow the UK program. I would expect that the PLC would be happy
for the Explorers to suggest alternative requirements for the Explorer
and Chief Scout's Awards.
Since the Chief Scout's Award is " passed under arrangements made by the
Scout Leader and awarded by the Patrol Leaders' Council " it would be up
to the PLC to make the final call. Fortunately most Patrol Leaders tend
to be fairly pragmatic about such issues ...
Mind you, I can imagine a few BSA adults might be a little perplexed at
having authority to sign off the highest award in the UK Scout program
" delegated " by the Patrol Leaders' Council to the PLC of their troop or
the youth leadership of the Explorer Post. (CSA is the highest <Scout>
award ; the Queen's Scout Award is a <Venture Scout> recognition.)
AGSL 25th Greenwich
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