scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Units Abroad
Paul S. Wolf (Paul.S.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU
Mon May 15 2000 - 08:18:09 CDT
Jason Cruse wrote:
> I'm a little confused about the whole issue of citizenship now. I
> could be mistaken, but didn't someone bring up on this list...at
> least a year ago...the fact that boy who was NOT a US citizen was
> either not allowed to join scouts or was forbidden from receiving his
> Eagle? I can't remember the circumstances exactly, but I'm positive
> that discussion was had.
> I'm not trying to create a problem. Obviously there's something
> about this that is causing confusion for me...This is an important
> topic for me, since likely my sons will spend time in the DSC, if not
> also in foreign scouting programs.
> Jason Cruse
The general rule, as I understand it, is that nationals of any country,
in their own country, may not join any other WOSM federation if the home
country has a Scout Federation. (i.e. Irish citizens in Ireland may not
join BSA units in Ireland, US Citizens may not join Canadian Scout units
in the USA, etc.)
Foreign nationals in the USA may join BSA units, and may advance to
Eagle. US citizens abroad may join foreign Scout units, if they wish.
Advancements earned in other Scout federations MAY be used for BSA
advancement in certain circumstances.
The rules for counting advancement when moving to (or back to) the USA
are spelled out in Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures (BSA
publication #33088C) (page 43), and are on the web at:
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Advancement/Safety Webmaster, USSSP http://www.usscouts.org