scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Very Important Question
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr (hammonddL@USWEST.NET
Sat Feb 05 2000 - 18:26:42 CST
Darryl Hammill asked the list in regard to a Webelos Scout
and the Arrow of Light:
"What does "active participation" actually mean? Does it
mean I have
simply paid my dues? Does it mean 50% active participation?
something else? I want to help these parents and Scout?
Maybe I'm a little bit picky about these things, but when
questions like this arise I look into what is says in the
appropriate book. In this case I looked at my son's Webelos
Scout Book. I checked the requirements for AOL. It does
indeed say, "Be active in your Webelos Den for at least six
months since completing the fourth grade..." At this point
in the book it doesn't exactly define "active." But then on
a whim, I looked at what the book says in the requirements
for the Webelos Badge. Requirement 2 says, "Be an active
member of your Webelos Den for three months. (Active means
having good attendance, paying den dues, working on den
So, after all this is said and done, there is no numerical
value we can apply to "active." There is room for a
leader's judgment to enter into the equation. However, if a
boy has had "good attendance" and participates when he's at
meetings and activities, he's undoubtedly met the
requirement. This is clearly a case when the Cubmaster
needs to step up and take charge. Award the boy the badge
(unless of course there's some over-riding character flaw
that we don't yet know of that would cause problems). Tell
the Den Leader that if he wants to quibble over definitions
he had better make everyone aware of his "standard" BEFORE
they start to work on the award, not on the eve of awarding
Yours in ScOUTing,
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr.
CM Pack 225 and Black Hills District Committee
I used to be an Owl (W-CS-44) Working my Ticket
> I gotta tell you that national DOES INDEED define what
"active means". It's in the BSA
> Rules and Regulations, Article VII, Youth Members and it
says that an
> "active" member:
> a. Attends meetings regularly.
> b. Participates in an age appropriate program.
> c. Subscribes to the Scout Oath...
> d. Fulfills a members obligations...
> When the scout is doing all of these things, he is an
> When he doesn't, he's not.
> The R & Rs go on to say that if, in the judgment of the
> and the unit committee, a scout is unable to meet the
> active membership he may be carried as an "associate"
>The Webelos Scout in question has completed the
requirements. The Den
>Leader may not apply a subjective or qualitative added
>those in the book.