Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Advancement Transfer Question
Re: Advancement Transfer Question
Fri, 16 Oct 1998 09:38:27 -0400
Mark Ritter wrote:
> I've got a question from a co-worker about a Scout who has recently
> transferred into his troop. The Scout is already working on his last MB
> for Life, and he already has more than 6 months since his Star BOR ...
> in his old troop. The SM is uncomfortable with signing off on Scout
> Spirit and the SM Conference without a period of participation in the
> new troop.
As I see it, there are three possible scenarios for such a transfer.
1. Geographic, the Scout recently moved.
2. Choice, the Scout wanted to come to your Troop for some favorable reason.
3. No choice, the Scout was asked to leave his old Troop for whatever reason.
In the cases of 1 and 2, I would think the fact that the Scout took the effort
to continue his Scouting career is a strong indicator of Scout Spirit. I would
say to the Scout (unless he is under the age 18 deadline) that by the time his
transfer is all straightened out, say a month or two, I would have sufficient
basis to sign off on Scout Spirit.
In the case of 3 above (as confirmed by leaders of his former Troop), I would
tell the Scout I expect the usual demonstration of Scout Spirit as regularly
expected of all Troop members (over the course of 6 months or whatever).
We just had a Scout in case 2. His former Troop is a very "inactive" one, few
trips, etc. We are the opposite. He was ready for Life, all reqs completed,
but his former Troop kept putting him off for a variety of phony reasons (part
of why he transferred). Within one month we could see his Scout Spirit and he
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