scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Arrow of Light / bridging policy questions
Fri Mar 24 2000 - 18:39:28 CST
>If a Cub Scout earns AOL and joins a Boy Scout troop, is
> there any **OFFICIAL WRITTEN BSA POLICY OR >GUIDELINE** saying
whether he then may (or may not) attend >a ceremony to be awarded his
AOL badge, or a "bridging" >ceremony?
When a Webelos Scout earns the AOL it should be awarded to him, with
pomp and circumstance, at the next Pack meeting (immediate
recognition). The bridging of a Webelos den, or even one Webelos
Scout, is a separate ceremony, held on the same evening, or a
different evening, again with pomp and circumstance.
You are right in believing that this pack is confusing several issues.
I think that one of the AOL requirements that is confusing them is the
one to fill out a Troop registration form and present it at a
Scoutmaster's conference. Presenting the application and leaving it
with the troop are, once again, two separate things. Filling out the
form and showing it to someone does not automatically make them a Boy
Scout. The Webelos Scout should present the filled out application
and then take it back.
The earning of the AOL does not automatically mean that a boy's Cub
Scout days are over. If that were true, there would be no place on
the Cub Scout uniform for wearing the AOL (on the left pocket flap).
Leslie Herman email@example.com
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