Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: joining requirements
Re: joining requirements
Bruce E. Cobern
Thu, 8 Apr 1999 23:34:28 -0400
At 10:40 PM 4/8/99 -0400, William H. Deavor III wrote:
>for anyone else confused about the "joining requirements", Please read an
>application. It says....
> "... Here is how he can join:
> 1. Complete the application (sign your name indicat-
> ing approval).
> 2. Give the completed application and fees to the
> 3. Secure a copy of the Boy Scout Handbook and
> complete the joining requirements as listed."
>This is a direct quote from the inside front cover of the application.
>(it's only a two part form, so it is a recent one)
>This clearly shows the order these steps are to be done. It would seem
>very foolish to carry a kid on outings without a registration form just
>because his parents haven't found time to go through a pamphlet with him,
Actually, not quite. The ONLY definitive source for requirements is in the
Requirements Book, and the requirements for joining, and their sequence is
1. Meet age requirements.
2. Complete application signed by parent.
3. Find a troop.
4. Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.
5. Demonstrate the sign, etc.
6. Demonstrate the square knot.
7. Understand and agree to live by the SO, SL, SS and OC.
8. Describe the Scout badge.
9. Complete the pamphlet exercises.
10. Participate in a SM conference. Turn in your application the
participate in a SM conference.
So, according to the authoritative source, the application is turned in at
or in advance of the SM conference, which most would agree is done after the
rest of the requirements.
There is absolutely no problem with the boy participating in activities
while completing those requirements, and the ability to actually register,
get the badge, wear the uniform, etc. is a great incentive for him and his
parents to make sure it happens.
I don't see how or why any of those requirements can be omitted. Its sort
of like awarding Eagle to a Scout who hasn't done his project yet.
>So to get back to the original uniform inspection point. it would be
>perfectly reasonable to see a Scout walking around without a rank patch
>(although i would hope that my PL's would make sure that it is a very short
Bruce E. Cobern