scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: WHEN A SCOUT?
Neil Lupton (NeilLup@AOL.COM
Wed Nov 24 1999 - 12:34:40 CST
In a message dated 11/24/99 8:55:20 AM, wayne@CENTURYHOMES-INC.COM writes:
<< In my opinion, that youth became a scout the moment he paid his fees and
turned over his application. We all know their is a lag time in getting
applications turned into council. >>
Hello Wayne and Sharon,
>From one point of view, you are right. The boy should never be penalized
because of the laziness, sloppyness or (regrettably) cheapness of his unit
HOWEVER, there is no good reason for the new Cub Scout applications not to be
processed immediately when they are turned in by the boy. In any council
where I have ever served, they will happily accept applications sent in by
mail. So the same day that the boy turns them in, they can be mailed to the
council office. The fees can be paid by a check in the same envelope or
some councils will allow the units to have a "drawing account" where money is
deposited and used as needed.
As a Commissioner, I know that it often doesn't happen that way. In my
council, it is quite common for the units to have fall roundups and hold all
the applications until reregistration in January. The most common reason
given is to save the additional fees. And honestly, that is just cheating
the boys and cheating the BSA. Plus running some insurance risk should a
problem happen with one of these boys.
I believe that the BSA bylaws say that a person is not a member until they
are registered and fees are paid. And a non-member is not eligible for
advancement. There is a reasonable allowance made for temporary registration
(the tear-off given with the application) but the unit should do everything
they can to minimize the time for official registration to occur.