Re: Couple Questions
Mary Lee Foley (mlfoley@EARTHLINK.NET)
Sat, 4 Apr 1998 19:06:31 -0500
William Deady wrote:
> The scout in question
> has completed all requirements for his Arrow of Light, except one. That one
> being that he has not applied to a Boy Scout troop.
> He doesn't
> want to just fill out the application to fulfill the AOL requirement as he
> feels it would be dishonest, knowing he couldn't participate.
Please, re-read the requirements and be sure the Webelos re-reads them,
too. All that is required is that he fill it out. He is *not* required
to give the completed application to anyone!!! The point, IMHO, is to
get the boy and his parents thinking about his future in Scouting. He
appears to have done that.
> Somebody asked if the boys should wear their Cub Scout uniforms for the
> crossover instead of their Boy SCout uniforms. The CM stated that they shouldn't
> be wearing Boy Scout uniforms at all since they have not attended a crossover
> ceremony. His position was that until they go thru the crossover cermony, they
> can't be Boy Scouts.
Do they meet the requirements to be Boy Scouts? (my response: yes - they
received AOL) Have they filled out and turned in applications to be Boy
Scouts? (I'm guessing they have.) Have they been accepted? (Sounds
like it to me!) If all of these conditions have been met, then they
*are* Boy Scouts. The ceremony is just being held a little late. I
would treat it much like a Court of Honor in which the boys already have
the awards, but are being publicly recognized. (In fact, I have!)
Wearing the Cub uniform and changing shoulder loops, neckerchiefs, etc.
is a what I would do (have done) because the ceremony emphasizes moving
on / crossing the bridge / changes. It shows the younger boys what they
can be part of, too.
Mary Lee Foley, email@example.com
Troop 71 Advancement Chairman
Anthony Wayne District Committee
Toledo Area Council (Ohio)
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