Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Can a Scout transfer?
Re: Can a Scout transfer?
Thu, 18 Feb 1999 20:11:30 -0500
> "Scouts are _not_ allowed to change patrols or change troops
> in the same
> city, except in extenuating circumstances. This is a
> national guideline."
This unit looks to me like it is either worried about losing boys or has
just plain misunderstood the rules.
There is no national rule that would in any way restrict a boy from changing
from one Troop to another at any time and there is no rule on when Scouts
are allowed to change patrols. All of this is left to the discretion of
individual Scouts and units. Units can decide how to structure patrols.
Scouts can decide what Troop the want to belong to at any time.
This group maybe trying to discourage members from drifting off to other
units, if they find the program to be weak. If so, it wouldn't be the first
or only unit to have tried this tactic. This tactic, if it is being used, is
a misrepresentation inconsistent with trustworthiness and is an attempt to
cure the symptom, but not the disease.
Hopefully, this is not the case and the unit's leaders have written this
havinng been misinformed or having misunderstood what they should have
learned in reading and training.
In either case, the restriction is a red flag that folks in this unit may be
having some troubles. This cue should be shared with the Unit Commissioner
serving the unit, or the District Commissioner. The Commissioner staff can
spend some time with the unit and nudge them along toward a different
approach to their membership statement.
Mike Bowman a/k/a Professor Beaver (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Webmastering in the Scouting Spirit from Alexandria, VA