Re: Arrow of Light
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET)
Tue, 18 Feb 1997 23:34:46 -0800
Deirdre LaRock <butterbuns@EARTHLINK.COM> wrote:
>I've been watching this thread for a while. You are all interested in
>ceremonies, etc. Making sure that the boys who earn this get their proper
>recognition. Especially if they aren't going to Boy Scouts. OK, how can
>they earn the Arrow of Light if they aren't joining boy scouts?? (Checking
>my book here)
>After you have completed all five of the above requirements, and after a
>talk with your Webelos leader, arrange to visit, with your parent of
>guardian, a meeting of a Boy Scout troop you think you might like to join.
>Talk to the Scoutmaster. Then get an "Application to Become a Boy Scout,"
>fill it out, and have your parent or guardian sign it. Show it to your
>Webelos leader and talk about your interest in becoming a Boy Scout.
>It seems pretty clear to me that in order for a boy to earn his Arrow of
>Light he has to make the commitment to become a Boy Scout.... [snip]
As I read it, there is nothing in the requirements that says he has to
submit the application to the troop. He fills it out, his parents sign,
and he talks about it with his Webelos leader. Nothing about the
Scoutmaster signing it. Yes, he talks with the Scoutmaster, but he is
not required to join.
In fact, I declined to sign the application once when a Webelos Scout
I had been recruiting came to visit the troop just so he could earn
the Arrow of Light (he hadn't yet decided which of the two troops to
join). He ended up joining us anyway, and I am delighted to have him.
As others have mentioned, there is this inherent flaw about requiring
an action in one program level for an award in the other level.
Alan R. Houser ** Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24 ** firstname.lastname@example.org
** WWW page ** http://www.emf.net/~troop24/t24.html **
Scoutmaster, Mt. Diablo Silverado Council Jamboree Troop #637
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