Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: When a Scout Turns 18
Re: When a Scout Turns 18
Tue, 13 Apr 1999 09:33:16 -0400
Our troop has a new Assistant Scoutmaster who is very similar to your Eagle --
except that he never made it past Second Class! (He enjoyed being in Scouting,
but every summer he went to Oklahoma to visit his mom, so he missed summer camp
and all the advancement possibilities during the summer. When he turned 18, I
had him fill out an adult registration form; there was no fee because he was
already registered for the year.
- Assistant Scoutmaster is the only troop adult leadership position available to
young men aged 18-25, so your call on making him a SA is right on.
- Your Eagle will need to be approved by the CO like any other adult leader.
The biggest hurdle you may have is getting your new SA to recognize that he is
now an adult leader, and not "one of the guys." The converse is also true
(Scouts sometimes have trouble treating their former "buddy" as an adult
leader), but by pairing him with the New Scout patrol, as you're planning, you
should minimize the problem of familiarity on the part of the Scouts. The fact
that he made Eagle also helps, as most of the other boys have already been
looking up to him.
Congratulations on having a program that is still interesting to this boy, even
Troop 751, Glen Allen VA
... a good old Eagle ...
cc: (bcc: CHARLES R. BATTEAU/EMPL/VA/Bell-Atl)
Subject: When a Scout Turns 18
I have an Eagle scout that will turn 18 next week. He is only a sophomore in
high school (he had a learning disability when he was younger, but has out
grown it) so he will be around for at least 2 more years. He plans to stay
active in the troop. He is also the OA Chapter Chief. My plans are to make
him an Assistant Scoutmaster in charge of new scouts when he turns 18. He is
excellent with the younger scouts.
My questions to the group are: Am I allowed to do that? and Does anyone have
any other ideas as to what I can do with him?
SM Troop 24