scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Arrow of Light
Sat Nov 20 1999 - 20:17:08 CST
> So? If the leadership of the troop honestly feels it is NOT in the boy's
> best interests for him to join that troop (or maybe even any troop)
> because of his age/maturity, then if they DON'T reject his application
> they are not doing the right thing. The only thing they should do is say
> they do not believe it is in the boy's best interests to join and send him
> on his way. What others do is none of their concern. They may be wrong
> in their assessment, but the assessment is theirs to make. Maybe if two
> or three troops say the same thing the parents will begin to believe that
> it just might not be in their son's best interests to join a Boy Scout
> troop when his age is that of a third or fourth grader JUST BECAUSE he
> skipped a couple of years and has technically qualified for the Arrow of
But.. the question here is, in regard to the rules set before us, do we
have the right to deny?
The boy meets all of the requirements.. in no where does it say that the
boy has emotional requirements.
We can not go along making arbitrary rulings based upon what we feel
is in the boy's best interest when National guidelines for AOL stipulate
that the boy can earn it when he is "six months out of 4th grade"
And the Troop guidelines say that he may join the Troop when he has
earned his AOL.
I have yet to see a Troop reject a boys application as long as he meets
all of the guidelines for membership.
And how do we know it is in the best interest of the boy when we dont
know him and we are grouping him in with a generalization? Youth
these days are maturing at faster rates than we did when we were kids
and IMO National recognises that fact in making allowances for boys to
enter Scouting at all different ages..
If you have a SCOUT (note that word) not Parent, that has earned his
rank, then why is it in their best interest to turn them down for their
In the case of my son, he has worked to earn his AOL on his own.. he
was the only webelos in his pack and he had to treat it like merit
badges.. look at the merit badge counselor list and come up with
somebody to contact that can teach him the pin, call them himself and
find out what he needed to do and then do it and meet with them for the
rest of the requirements. I of course went with him to these meetings
but he had to do the work, not mom. I told him if he wanted to earn it,
he could or he could wait til he was old enough to join the Troop.. either
way was fine. He had quit the other unit that he was with because he
was unhappy there (I dont want to go into the reasons, but they were
valid to him enough to make him want to quit Scouting alltogether and
there were no other units at the time in this area that had Webelos (we
live in a rural area) ) The fact is here, that he did the work, and is ready
to move on..
Just my .02 from a bit of experience in this thread topic
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