Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Big Boys' Life Magazine Subscription Problem
Big Boys' Life Magazine Subscription Problem
Thu, 9 Dec 1999 15:15:06 -0500
What I am about to describe to you isn't an isolated case, but=20
instead one that effects ALL boys who are going through the
Cub Scout-to-Boy Scout program transition.
This year in February 1999 my son crossed over into Boy Scouts when
he earned his Arrow of Light. Ever since then he has continued to
receive the =93Cub Scout Version=94 of Boys' Life magazine. I've gone
to my council office three times since then to try and have his=20
subscription changed to the Boy Scout version of this magazine=20
without success. Yesterday, 12-9-99, my council office telephoned
the Boys=92 Life's subscription office to see why he is still getting
the Cub Scout version when in fact he should have been getting the
Boy Scout version as soon as he became a registered Boy Scout.
The Boys=92 Life office told us that he had been registered as a Cub
Scout in the NEW Pack Charter in January 1999 and that the magazine=20
subscription cycle runs from April (1999) to April of the following
year (2000). So it looks like my son will be stuck with a total of
14 Cub Scout issues of Boys' Life (Feb.99 to April 2000) that don't
apply to the program that he is in.
I think this is totally crazy, but it's the system that BSA now has
in place. I think the problem is that the BSA registration and the
Boys=92 Life subscription databases are not linked together, so a=20
change in boys registration (when a boy becomes a Boy Scout) doesn't=20
automatically update their Boys=92 Life subscription when it should.
What I think makes more sense is to change the subscription over to
the Boy Scout version as soon as a boy becomes a 2nd Year Webelos
scout or as soon as he crosses over to Boy Scouts. Doing this=20
would provide them with older Boy Scout information, instead of=20
giving them younger Cub Scout material that are not appropriate for
their new program area and doesn't help them with ideas and=20
I think BSA needs to have this brought to their attention and they
should straighten this problem out for the many thousands of Webelos
and boys that crossover into Boy Scouts each year and face this=20
How can we, as Boy Scout Leaders, use Boys=92 Life magazine as a=20
program resource tool and stimulus to keep boys interested in=20
scouting if we have Boy Scouts that are getting the wrong version
of the magazine? =20
The question is how do we bring this to BSA's attention so they=20
can correct their error in Boys=92 Life subscription philosophy?
If they can easily make a subscription change of address, why can't
they change what they deliver just as easy?
Please pass this on to BSA and Boy's Life Magazine if you have the
channels to do so. I'd like to see this straightened out for all
our future Boy Scouts.
Serving You and Scouting,
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