scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Units Abroad
Mon May 15 2000 - 22:28:05 CDT
Jason Cruse wrote:
> I'm a little confused about the whole issue of citizenship now. ....
> 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.
> .This is an important topic for me, since it is likely my sons will spend time
> in the DSC, if not also in foreign scouting programs.
In my understanding, the rules are different if you are in an overseas Troop
than one based in the U.S.
Over here, we are allowed to register anyone who is not a local citizen
(although we do have two boys with dual U.S./Singapore citizenship registered
and active), unless they have their own Scouting program available. There is
both British and Australian Scouts available here, but we have some British
citizens who had joined the BSA in other places, and transferred here. We have
had Eagle Scouts of many different nationalities.
The Cub Scout pack here had some problems getting non-U.S. citizens registered
as Den leaders (assistant leader is okay, though), but that rule has recently
changed as well. Unfortunately I can't remember why I think that; perhaps it was
in Scouting magazine. AFAIK, Scoutmasters must be U.S. citizens, but other adult
leader positions are open.
As far as being in other Scouting programs, I know there are foreigners
registered in the Singapore Scouts here. It is a school-based program, so if a
foreigner is attending a local school, it is much easier to take part in than
the BSA or British Scouts would be. The calendars are just too different.
My son and I were both registered in the Japan Scouts as well, when we lived
there. It took some extra paperwork, but we were warmly welcomed.
Hope this info is interesting, at least, if not useful! ;-)