Re: Early Arrow of Light and Cross Over Ceremony???
John Durbetaki (JohnDurbetaki@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Sat, 5 Jul 1997 23:59:40 -0700
Kirk Kridner wrote:
>We have an interesting situation...
Indeed, your story is interesting. Wearing my Cubmaster hat, I like
keeping the boys as long as they want to be Cub Scouts. Wearing my
Scoutmaster hat, I want to make sure the boys have finished enough of
the Cub program to legally join Boy Scouts (don't want them too early).
Joining requirements for Boy Scouts are 11 years old or AOL. AOL
requirements are 6 months since completing the 4th grade or 10.5 years
old. (Yes there are other requirements, but they are not time related so
they are not relevant to the discussion.)
So, everyone can get AOL once they are 10.5 and while you did not
indicate if all would be 10.5 in September, if they were, and they do
all the rest of the things for AOL, they earned it and they should be
awarded it and cross over. If they are above 11, they can cross over
Should you cross them over? If they have earned everything, Absolutely!
You can't hold on to them, especially if you want them to remain in
Scouting (you do want Den Chiefs in the future, don't you?) and it sure
sounds like they are ready to move on. It is a little early grade wise,
but not age wise.
If they aren't all 10.5 in September, there is a bit of diplomacy to do.
So, check those ages and perhaps you find one fellow that is 10.5 in
October, and you then tell the group that so-and-so is just shy of
meeting the age requirement and if instead of September, everyone waited
till October, then they could all cross over together. Worst case, they
have to wait a little bit longer if they all want to cross over
together. If the wait is tough on them, talk to the troop and form up a
New Scout Patrol (unofficially until they actually cross over) and
patricipate on outings and attend Troop meetings and basically just do
alot of troop visits. They can't sign off on anything till they actually
join, but they can sure work on learning things.
You can think of it another way, once these guys are crossed over, you
have more attention to give those that remain. <g>
SM T855, CM P729
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