scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: To bridge or not to bridge...
Robert and Shauna Reeder (rfreeder@QWKSILVR.COM
Tue Nov 16 1999 - 15:14:35 CST
What does the group feel defines "active pack participation"? If the
pack only meets once a month during the summer and the boy attends all
of the meetings, then he is active. Some scouts not only attended the
monthly pack meetings but Cub Scout Day Camp and Resident Day Camp. They
also worked on requirements individually and with their families. Do
these not constitute active participation?
If the requirement for bridging says 6 months after graduating from 4th
grade OR 10 1/2 yrs. old, our "opinion" whether this is too young to
bridge into the Scouting program or not is really unimportant. This
guideline was set by the National BSA Board, so obviously they feel it
is a proper guideline. Certainly this question has been raised before
now and yet that guideline stands.
If the boy is active, has been active and is excited about Scouts, then
it sounds like he is ready to bridge. As long as the requirements have
been met what is gained by holding him back?? Will it make him a better
Scout if he waits another 4 months, or will it just dampen his high