US Citizenship required for BSA membership?
Gino Lucrezi (scouts-l@SCOUTNET.ORG)
Tue, 22 Jul 1997 00:26:12 +0000
Il 19 Jul 1997, Storms, Randy (1907:39/800) ha scritto a All:
SR> Can a boy who is not a US citizen join the Boy Scouts of America?
I have seen you received many answers, but they are only partly correct, that
is they give the answer according to BSA rules, not taking into account WOSM
(World Organization of the Scout Movement) rules.
BSA units in the USA territory can recruit who they want, be they US or foreign
So do BSA units in countries where there is no Scout organization (*).
But BSA units in countries where there already is a Scout organization (*)
can't recruit youth of that country.
(*) Actually, it must be a Scout organization belonging to WOSM.
This may seem a trivial point, but BSA has lots of units abroad (which is not
surprising, since there are many US citizens living abroad..).
BSA can open units for american boys (and girls, provided they have the right
age) who live abroad. BSA units abroad can also accept foreign youth, provided
they don't belong to that country.
E.g. a BSA unit in Italy (I'm sure there are still some) can recruit not just
american boys and girls, but also other non-italian youth.
This rule applies to all other scout organizations, of course.
Yours in Scouting
Assistant Scout Master
AGESCI (Associazione Guide E Scouts Cattolici Italiani)
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