Re: US Citizenship required for BSA membership?
Sun, 20 Jul 1997 23:24:41 -0700
>Can Foreign Scouts Join the BSA?
There is no citizenship requirement to join the BSA as a youth. (The
form to join a pack doesn't even have a citizenship question.)
>A Boy Scout from another country who either temporarily resides in, or has
>moved premanently to, the United States may join a BSA troop or team and
>participate in the BSA advancement program.
Since there are no citizenship requirements, this whole text applies only if the
boy wan'ts his foreign scouting achievements to be recognized by BSA.
Otherwise he can simply join like any other boy.
>The son used to drive his teacher nuts because he wouldn't say the
>Pledge of Allegiance
There is a huge difference between learning or pledging. You didn't define
what "say" means.
For a guest, it makes lots of sense to "learn" our citizenship rituals.
Common courtesy requires non citizens to "honor" our citizenship
rituals; e.g when we say the Pledge of Allegiance, non citizens should
stand up and be sincere.
However it is unbelievably rude to require anybody who is citizen
of another country to "pledge" the Pledge of Allegiance.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City