scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Arrow of Light
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM
Sun Nov 21 1999 - 16:46:55 CST
> From: Susan Best [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Sunday, November 21, 1999 4:03 PM
> If the boy is that age because he skipped grades, he is already attending
> school with boys a year or two older. Hopefully, if the school advanced
> him in grade, they believed that he was mature enough to attend school with
> these older boys.
I'm not sure those skips are "maturity" based, as much as "academically"
based. Either way, one group's evaluation is not binding on another groups.
It would also seem appropriate to keep him with his
> school mates, rather than making him wait for the kids who are his age, but
> a year or two behind in age.
Well, that's an interesting area, since it is my understanding that in the
case of boys who are "out of grade" for EITHER reason, because they skipped or
because they were left back, the Cub program is flexible enough to allow the
boy to progress EITHER with his "age" mates OR his "class" mates. A Cub who
is left back can either repeat the year of cubbing and then progress with his
new classmates, even though they are a year younger, or he can move up with
his age group, even though he is a year behind them. I believe the same
choices are available to those who skip. He will technically have met the
requirements to skip the year of cubbing as well, but would certainly be
allowed to progress through the whole cup program with those his age. In
fact, in many cases much of this will depend on which group he considers his
"friends," and it will not always be those in his school class. Those who
skip very often retain the social relationships with those they "left behind"
when they skipped, rather than actually associating socially with those a year
or two older, even though they share a classroom.
I would think a troop would have much less difficulty accepting the overly
young Webelos Scout crossing over if he is crossing over with a Den with whom
he has been interacting successfully. It would be more problematic if he were
to try to join alone. But, in either case, the decision as to whether to
accept his application, as with every other application, rests with the
chartered organization of the troop.
Bruce E. Cobern
Founders District, Queens Council, NY