Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Venturing Dating
Re: Venturing Dating
Jim Miller Jr.
Fri, 12 Feb 1999 10:44:42 -0500
>OK, here's a new spin on this case. Two members of a Venture group are
>dating--he's 20 & she's 19. Does this mean that when he turns 21 they
>either break off their dating relationship or one must quit the
Not in every case. We must remember that the rule does not state
anything about a particular age. The rule refers to adult members and
youth members. These are not hard and fast definitions based on one's
date of birth. A youth member who turns 21 can continue to be registered
as a youth member until the unit recharters. This alone could allow time
for the other member to advance a year in age as well.
Also remember that at the time that one ceases to be a youth member of
the program, they cease to be a member of the program. Unless, and
until, an adult registration form is filed for the 21 year old, they are
not a member of the program (and the BSA if not multiple registered). In
that case, the rule does not apply. Simply wait until the younger person
has turned 21 and file adult registrations for both members at the same
This brings up another question. What to do if in a similar situation, a
youth (or adult) member wishes to bring a guest to an event who, by age,
would create a similar situation? Would Crew By-Laws need to cover a
"Guest Policy" and if so, would that be adequate?
James J. Miller, Jr. Meechgalhukquot
Assistant Scoutmaster-Troop 5, Kearny, NJ "Redheaded One"
Eagle-1988 Vigil-1994 I used to be a Bobwhite(NE-II-76)
District Venturing Chairman, Hudson Liberty District
Northern New Jersey Council, BSA