Re: US Citizenship required for BSA membership?
James A. Sheckels (sheckej@EARTHLINK.NET)
Sun, 20 Jul 1997 18:05:53 -0400
>From the Rules and Regulations of the BSA: (#57-492, 1995 Printing of
the 1976 Copyright - this is the most recent edition I have).
Article VII (Youth members) Section 1 (General Classifications) Clauses
3 through 5 (Visiting Youth Members):
Clause 3. Enrollment. Young people of other nationalities who are
temporary residents in the United States may be enrolled as "visiting"
youth members, at the National office of the Corporation upon local
Clause 4. Affiliation. Such enrollment shall entitle the youth members
to affiliate with a local unit where the individual temporarily resides
and to share all activities, privileges, advancement, recognition, and
service credits to which registered members of the BSA are entitled.
This shall include the right to wear, while thus affiliated, the
prescribed insignia and uniform of the BSA for which the unit may
Clause 5. Certificates of Service. Upon leaving the United States
certificates shall be given affiliated "visiting" youth members
attesting their service record and advancement while in the United
>From Article VIII (Adult Leadership) Section 2 (Citizenship
Requirement) Clauses 1 and 2 (Service within the U.S.):
Clause 1. Individuals serving in any official relationship with the BSA
shall subscribe to the statement of religious principle, as prescribed
in the ByLaws, and the Scout Oath and Law. They shall be citizens of
the United States or shall legally declare intention to become a
citizen of the United States (unless the position stipulates
citizenship as a specific requirement of registration, e.g., chartered
Clause 2. No adult alien, visiting or resident, shall be registered or
enrolled in any capacity in Scouting, with the exception that adults
from other countries legally resident in the United States may be
enrolled as unit Scouters at the discretion of the Corporation and
pursuant to specific recommendations from the national Scout
associations (where such associations exist) of the countries involved.
Each adult so registered or enrolled shall take a modified form of the
Oath, Promise, Pledge, or Code, pledging to respect and obey the laws
of the country in which the individual is living. This individual will
not be required to pledge allegiance to the flag and Government of the
(Service Outside the United States)
Clause 3. At the discretion of the Executive Board of the BSA, and
under such rules and regulations as it may prescribe, commissions or
certificates of membership as Scouters may be issued to citizens
serving in a country or territory under the control of the United
>From the Advancement Policies and Procedures Committee Guide (#33088,
Page 20; Miscellaneous Topics; Foreign Scouts:
A Boy Scout from another country who either temporarily resides in, or
has moved permanently to, the United States may join a BSA troop or
team and participate in the BSA advancement program. He must present
to the council service center available evidence of membership and
advancement level from his previous association. When he has done
this, he must then appear before the district or council advancement
committee with at least one member of the receiving troop committee
present to review his previous advancement work and to determine which
BSA rank he is qualified to receive. This policy applies to all ranks
except Eagle. The BSA rank of Eagle rank cannot automatically be
considered the equivalent of another association's highest rank. A
Scout who holds his association's highest rank could qualify for the
rank of Life Scout, and the district or council advancement committee
should prescribe certain merit badges for him to earn before
consideration for the rank of Eagle Scout. He must also fulfill all
other requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout.
This policy also applies to members of the BSA who, while living
abroad, have earned advancement in another Scouting association.
This last paragraph is similar to a posting from Professor Beaver
quoting a ProSpeak from 1995, with only a couple word changes. The
meaning and intent are exactly the same, however.
As I always say and believe, when in doubt, if at all possible, go to
the source, and if responding to this list, quote the sources exact
wording and provide the publication number and print data!
YIS, Jim Sheckels - I used to be a Bobwhite SE 308-7; 1SG,US
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