Tim Hewitt (thewitt@FAIRCHILDSEMI.COM)
Wed, 10 Jun 1998 09:29:17 -0400
I have two advancement questions on items that have recently come up. I hope
you folks can offer some sage advice.
The first problem I have is with a Scout going away for the summer. He is
spending the summer with his Dad in New York, and leaving us here in Maine. He
wants to continue to work on Scouting stuff while he's in New York. I have
suggested that he contact the local Council office and see if he can stay
active with another troop while in new York (near Poughkeepsie).
I'm happy to work with any merit badge councilors or other Scouters in the
area to keep this boy active over the summer. I had a Scouter locally tell me
that I cannot do this, as the boy would have to officially transfer to the
"summer" troop and change councils in order to work on any of his advancement
items there. I say this is nonesense, and all he needs to do is keep in touch
with me and I'll be happy with the signoffs he gets while away.
I'll sign blue cards and mail them to him for any merit badges he wants to
work on if he finds a local registered councilor. I'll accept any advancement
sign-offs (he's not yet a Tenderfoot) toward any ranks, as long as I do the
Scoutmaster's Conference and Board of Review when he returns.
Can anyone shed light on this? I've put a call into my Council for
clarification, but wanted some opinions.
The second problem is similar. I have a very active Scout who also family
camps a significant number of times in the summer. He would like to be able to
have his parents - not registerd with the program - sign off on certain
activities with my guidance. These include things like taking a 5 mile hike,
building a cooking fire, etc. Do any of you do this? This boy would certianly
be able to get these things done if he came along on our troop camping trips
this summer, however many of our weekends conflict with his already scheduled
family trips. The last thing I want to do with any boy is step in between him
and his family. I also would like to see his boy advance - he can easily
complete 2nd and 1st class this summer and be Star by Christmas. I am leaning
toward asking his parents to register with the troop in order to avoid any
legal (?) issues, however I know some of your don't favor even parental
signoff when the Scout is a son of a regular leader - outside a regular scout
Thanks for your advice.
Tim Hewitt, Scoutmaster
Troop 350, Old Orchard Beach, ME
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