Leaders without boys in unit
Bill Warde (billw@OKWAY.OKSTATE.EDU)
Fri, 19 Jun 1998 12:57:31 -0600
There are a large number of adults who remain with the program after
their boys complete and move out of it. In my Council we have about a
third of the scout troops whose SM falls into this group.
There are also our recent graduates who wish to remain involved - 18
to 24 year old unmarried young adults. Being in a University town, we
also frequently acquire young adult leadership from other communities,
in and out of Council, when these individuals attend the University.
All of these individuals should be perfectly acceptable as leaders so
long as the UNIT and the COUNCIL both do their job in checking them
out - the information provided on the adult application should be
checked by both the unit and the Council before accepting ANY leader,
irrespective of whether that individual is a parent or falls in one of
the above categories.
In my own case, I have almost qualified in all three areas. As a
youth, I achieved Queen Scout in UK and then moved to the US to attend
graduate school. I served as SA and SM for different unitw while
going to school in Tallahassee, FL and Ames , IA & then joined the
faculty at Oklahoma State University and was an SM here for 5 years
before my eldest son was born (hence 13 years before he became a Cub
Scout). I now have a 21 year old Eagle (also SA of his old unit) and
a 17 year old High School graduate who only requires his Board of
Review to complete Eagle but who is currently at Summer Camp on the
Staff. When he turns 18 in July, I will no longer be the parent of a
Also, remember how the movement was founded. B-P was not the parent
of a son until long after he had founded the Boy Scout movement -
should we have barred him from being a leader?
Will Rogers Council
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