Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: When did Scouting Age Out?
When did Scouting Age Out?
Tue, 21 Dec 1999 10:19:04 EST
I recently acquired a book published by Rotary International on the
proceedings of a conference held in Chicago in 1924 on "Boys Work". At that
meeting James West described the program of the BSA. In his address he made
it quite clear that, at that time, there was no upper age limit to Scouting.
That a boy could remain a Scout as long as his interest remained in it. I
also have a book summarizing the Senior Scout program, from the middle
thirties, which is completely eliminates any mention of an upper age for
Scouts or Rovers (a program available at that time).
I presume that the only true way of defining this upper age limit is the age
limit on attaining Eagle, which I believe changed to 18 in the the early 50s.
Can anyone be more precise, or does anyone have a more precise date for the
date when an upper age limit was put on Scouting. (I realize that the upper
age limit for Eagle and the upper age limit for Scouting are not really the
Yours in Scouting,
G. John Marmet