Re: Adults between 18 and 21
Neil Lupton (NeilLup@AOL.COM)
Wed, 18 Feb 1998 00:15:29 -0500
In a message dated 2/17/98 11:01:17 PM, RCPENFLA@AOL.COM wrote:
<<Having a discussing about how to register adults between 18 and 21. I are
that if you are between 18 and 21 they have to be registered as Asst.
Scoutmasters. Is this true. If so, can someone give me the reasoning behind
I believe that the logic is something like this. If I am wrong, will someone
please correct me.
At one time, the age of adulthood was age 21. That was the case when I was a
Scout. At that time, one had to be an adult (a male adult in most cases) to
be an adult leader in Scouting. So age 21.
That caused a problem for people leaving a troop at age 18. So the most
reasonable position for those individuals is Asst. Scoutmaster and the age 18
limitation in that case. (Rememer that Jr. Asst. SM is age 16.) There is a
similar age for Assoc. Explorer Advisor. I believe that individuals in
Exploring who are 18 through 21 have the choice of being adult or youth
leaders. Interestingly enough, the age for Asst. Cubmaster is 21.
The age of adulthood is now 18 for everything except drinking. But I imagine
that the BSA never changed the age for leadership because there is a perfectly
good place for 18 year olds to serve.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City