scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: My Opinion On Late Webelos Crossovers
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr (hammonddL@USWEST.NET
Tue Mar 07 2000 - 11:39:05 CST
It's been a bit since I posted here, but I keep seeing this
thread and there always seems to be a little something in it
that just isn't right. In this case it's the part of "10
1/2 years of age." 10 1/2 years of age never enters the
equation of Boy Scout eligibility. The Boy Scout Handbook
is very explicit in the joining requirements. It says, "Be
a boy who has completed fifth grade or is 11 years old, or
has earned the Arrow of Light Award but is under 18 years
old." 10 1/2 never gets mentioned.
> IMHO, the parents would be the ones at "fault" for not
allowing a boy to go
> onto the Boy Scouts. A boy can go if he has completed the
5th grade and is
> 10 1/2 yrs of age, or has reached the age of 11. The
parents are the ones
> who have to make this call.
Name was remove because it was not important to my question.
It is possible (note I said possible, not likely) that a boy
could be under the age of 10 and be eligible to join Boy
Scouts. In Cub Scouts boys are grouped into dens based on
their grade in school (except in LDS units). It is possible
that a boy could be advanced a grade ahead of his age group
peers and be in 2nd grade when he's 6 (Wolf Den), be in 3rd
grade when he's 7 (Bear Den), be in 4th grade when he's 8
(1st Year Webelos Den) and 5th grade when he's 9 (2nd Year
Webelos Den). He can potentially earn his Arrow of Light
Award by December and be eligible to be a Boy Scout before
he turns 10.
I always recommend that in cases like this, Cub Scout
leaders keep the boy in the den with his age group peers,
since the chronological maturity can be a factor when he
joins Boy Scouts, but they don't always listen.
>Shouldn't the issue of whether the Weeb WANTS to move up to
>be part of the equation? OK, he's met the requirements,
and he CAN --
>but if he *prefers* to stay here, where is it written he
MUST go at his
Here, I agree completely! There is no requirement that I
can find in any literature that says a boy MUST progress
into Boy Scouts at any particular point in time. As an
example, my son will turn 11 next December, while he is in
2nd Year Webelos and in 5th grade. He will be eligible to
join Boy Scouts at that time, but if he wants to stay in
Cubs until the end of the school year, that's okay with me.
I plan to encourage him to progress into Boy Scouts in the
spring (February-March), but the decision will be his to
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 have come to realize that there are two types of adults
involved in Scouts!
Those that act...
And those who find all the time in the world to drop off
their Scout for a meeting or camp!