scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Very Important Question - "Active"
Bob Myers (rmyers@FOCUSMGT.COM
Fri Feb 04 2000 - 09:03:07 CST
>Active participation has been defined by BSA as a dues paying membership
>and on the roster of the Pack and Den. Nothing More. Even if he hadn't
>attended ANY meetings, he would still qualify.
Yes, this has been discussed many times and many folks here have stated
this, but that does not make it right. Even if the National BOR has stated
it in some Eagle appeal resolution letters, it still doesn't make it right,
just the expedient way out.
BSA Rules and Regulations, IMO, has a fairly sane interpretation of "active"
and one that we can all live with (see Jim Peterson's response). You don't
have to add any requirements to interpret "active" as "attends meetings
In this case, I would say more than 50% attendance would be adequate, but
that's why we have Cubmasters and Scoutmasters - to make those subjective
calls. I would base the decision on what's best for the Scout and the other
Scouts in the unit. If the bar is lowered to the point that the National
BOR seems to want, it's not fair to the other Scouts and degrades the
program. I'm sure that most units in this country have higher standards than
"Active" simply means active, no additional requirements added.