Re: AOL/Crossover Problem
Ian N Ford FRSH (addvent@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Thu, 20 Nov 1997 17:57:19 +0000
BSA is probably the best organised / most bureaucratic (according to your
point of view ) Scout organisation when it comes to keeping records of "
advancement " . Many other countries don't keep records beyond unit
level, i.e. there are no " advancement reports " or similar. In UK for
instance records are kept at unit level, and are often patchy. Since the
badges are restricted and are only issued to unit Leaders by the District
Badge Secretary ( not sold in Scout Shops ) in many cases the fact that
a kid has the badge on his shirt is the only " proof " that he has gained it.
So ... BE PREPARED.
The boy and parents should keep a record of what he has done in terms of
the BSA requirements. Don't forget that the Cub Scout program is
different throughout the world, and that in many countries Cubs go
camping and do more activities as a Pack than BSA. A scrapbook diary
would not only be a nice memento of a trip overseas, it could also help
to substantiate any claims for advancement on return. " Here is a photo
of me and my Six cooking sausages on the fires we built " or whatever.
Ask your Council office about the Lone Scout program. Here the parent or
other adult can test according to BSA guidelines and file a special
advancement report from overseas.
Check " Advancement Guidelines " for the process on equating ranks and
awards for a kid returning to USA from a foreign Scout Association. In a
nutshell the District Advancement Committee has to set up a mechanism for
reviewing his attainments and equating them to BSA awards.
Again, different age ranges may mean that a ten year old could be a Scout
rather than a Cub Scout in his new Association. (Here in UK Scouts start
at ten, for example ) so depending on his age you may be equating his
experience with both Cub Scout and Boy Scout ranks.
Above all, impress on the family the need to keep records of what he does
when ... don't assume that the local pack will keep any records, and even
if they do, they might not get back to your Council.
Hope that helps ...
Specail Needs adviser, Greenwich District Scout Council, London UK
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City