Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Eligible to be "Lone Scout"?
Re: Eligible to be "Lone Scout"?
Sat, 20 Feb 1999 00:02:41 -0800
At 12:36 PM 2/17/99 -0800, you wrote:
>We have a Scout that is returning with his family to Australia shortly
>after he achieves the rank of Life Scout... Is he eligible to finish up
>under the BSA Lone Scout program?
I had a German exchange student who joined my troop and made it to Life
Scout before he returned to Germany (circa 1979). I asked if he could
continue Scouting as a Lone Scout in the BSA.
National told me at that time that he was ineligible to continue to Eagle
Scout because he was returning to his native country, where there were 4
Scouting organizations which were members of the World Organization of the
Scouting Movement (WOSM).
In a separate instance a few years ago, there was an inquiry here on
SCOUTS-L on behalf of a Canadian Sea Scout leader who had just gotten
an American boy who was a member the BSA. This leader wished to know how
best to ensure that this boy would get advancement credit for the work he
did whilst enrolled in Scouts Canada.
Upon calling National, I was told that the "Lone Scout Friend and Advisor"
had to be an American citizen.
Accordingly, I passed this to the leader, along with National's
suggestion that the father or mother sign up as the "Friend and Counselor".
This was done, and I received a very nice letter of appreciation from the
Scout after he and his family were transferred from Canada to Japan.
I suspect that the current rules in force are similar to those I have
cited. However, I suggest you contact the "Direct Service Council"
people at National and see what the current situation is.
Wishing you and yours the very best, I remain...
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <email@example.com>
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 808 Wood Badge 416-18
Ventura County Council at Philmont, 1973
Camarillo, California, USA "I used to be a Beaver..."