Pete Hickey (phickey@MAIL.REGENTS.PEACHNET.EDU)
Fri, 5 Jun 1998 08:18:23 -0400
This discussion has been great. Sorry for coming in late. I'm on Digest
and am catching up on about a weeks postings.
I agree that when a scout earns the AOL he does not need to immediately
cross over into Boy Scouts. But the other question is why, if he has
completed all the requirements, should he be held back.
In theory, a scout could be eligible to get the AOL and cross over in
December. (Six months from completing fourth grade in early June).
A thread that has not been followed is the Pack delaying the AOL and cross
over so that all scouts get the AOL at the same time and cross over at the
same time. Our Pack and the Troop that is with our same Charter
organization does just that.
Our pack and the troop award the AOL in April with cross over in May. I
have been involved with this pack for four years and have never seen an
exception. The reasoning for all this has been stated that the scouts cross
over together into the same patrol in the troop. If a scout were to cross
over at another time he would be behind the other boy scouts and would never
catch up, loose interest, etc.
However, when a Cub Scout has completed all or nearly all the stuff in Cubs
then why should he stay involved in Cub Scouting. (ie- if a scout has
earned all activity pins, most or all sports and academic belt loops and
pins (yes we have one scout who cannot fit all the loops on his belt and his
hat - where he wears the pins- looks like a pin cushion), world conservation
award, religious award, etc.)
We had one Cub that could have crossed over early this year but was not
allowed. When it came time he received his AOL but opted to not cross over.
We have at least one Cub that may be in a similar situation this coming year.
Would appreciate comments around the virtual campfire about this.
Should the pack and troop be delaying crossover.
If the scout and his parents want to cross over should he be allowed.
What to do if the Pack and troop refuse to change or make exceptions.
Are other packs and troops facing this situation, if so why, and how are
they handling it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City