Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: AOL and homeschooled boys
Re: AOL and homeschooled boys
Bruce E. Cobern
Mon, 1 Feb 1999 15:10:27 -0500
> From: Calvin H. Gray <405geezer@IGG-TX.NET>
> Date: Monday, February 01, 1999 2:36 PM
> A 9 or 10 year old Boy can't be a Boy Scout unless he has earned the
> Arrow of Light or completed the 5th grade.
> So, what happens if a troop allows an "under age" boy to join without
> meeting one of the other requirements (earned AOL or completed 5th
> grade) to be a Scout? Well, one thing that happens, if the boy goes
> to complete the requirements to be an Eagle Scout, is the troop winds
> in a very embarrassing situation.
I agree with Calvin, but profess ignorance in one part of the equation
above, as it relates to home schooling. Clearly the 9 or 10 year old
who has not earned the Arrow of Light (and you can't earn the Arrow of
Light until you are 10.5 or are 6 months beyond the end of the 4th
grade) could only join if he had completed the 5th grade.
My question is, in the context of home schooling, how do the states
determine "grade?" Do the parents arbitrarily decide where their
children fit on a spectrum? Are there exams administered by the state?
My desire is NOT to stir controversy, merely to obtain some
information that I don't have since I have had no experience with home
Once that question is answered, then the answer to the original
question might be obvious, or else it might require an inquiry to Texas
about what the BSA's policy is regarding home schooled children and
Bruce E. Cobern