Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Question On Proposed Uniform Inspection Changes
Re: Question On Proposed Uniform Inspection Changes
Thu, 8 Apr 1999 16:43:50 EDT
>There is no such thing as a member of a
Boy Scout troop who has not made Scout yet. The Scout requirements are the
JOINING requirements. If they haven't been completed the Boy cannot and
should not be registered. Thus, if he is with the unit he is their as a
guest interested in joining.<
If I have a scout who is participating in troop activities, going on campouts, and I have a completed signed scout application, i'm going to register little johnny. It allows him to be covered by the scout insurance. Yes, if he is just visiting, he should still be covered until he makes up his mind but i'm not going to wait and run into problems because something happens to a kid and a lawyer claims that the troop is neglegent for not following BSA policy. If he says 'I'm joining' and his parents say 'he's in the troop', his parents pay his dues, signs the application, he's joined as far as I'm concerned. How can you clain that he's just visiting and checking the troop out till he decides!
For uniform inspection, if a scout hasn't earned his scout badge yet, then he can't have it on his shirt and shouldn't loose points. Whats the big deal!!! I would think that I scout who just received a rank within the last 1 or 2 weeks may not always have the rank badge on the shirt. Are you going to call mom up and complain because the 11 year old doesn't sew? We could just present all rank badges with a bottle of clue.
Is everything in the correct place? Is the uniform and scout clean (as much as one can on a campout)? What is the troop uniform? I think that some middle ground needs to be found without getting to the extremes of either end.
I don't know if national still makes them, but they used to have a uniform inspection sheet. Not sure if they still do? Maybe someone on the list will know?
Scoutmaster, Troop 302
Boston Minuteman Council
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