scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Lone Scout Program
Alexandria Lone Scout (scouts_alex@HOTMAIL.COM
Mon May 22 2000 - 07:02:58 CDT
I'm sending this to both Patch-L and Scouts-L. Sorry about the doubling up
that will no doubt happen. I've been digging through my un-read e-mail this
afternoon and came across a number of recent messages about Lone Scouts
generally and Lone Scouts in Direct Service Council in particular. Most of
the inquiries come from people that mention reading one of my messages on
either or both lists. There are over 100 with many shared themes so a
broader based response seems in order.
The short answer is that BSA has a Lone Scout Program available in every
local council around the world. GSUSA has a similar program.
B.S.A., Scouts Australia, and Scouts New Zealand all continue to sponsor a
Lone Scout Program of some variety. Most scouting associations that had
"Lones" programs no longer provide that option. This includes Canada and the
U.K. Prior to 1924 the Lone Scout Association was a separate organization.
It was merged into BSA at that time and administered by BSA's Lone Scout
Service. During the 1930s the separate administration was integrated into
the regular BSA programs. There are Lone Scouts and Lone Cubs in many
councils, not just abroad.
The program is mentioned in the current Boy Scout Handbook in several
places. Specific information is also at this url:
in the BSA website. Linked to our site at url:
is a copy of the current BSA handout on the program. Simply clisk of "The
Lone Scout Program."
I have no numbers but the program is active and works quite well in a number
of settings. Lone Scouts (LS) in the U.S. and overseas councils register
directly with their local geographical council. In our case registration is
with Direct Service Council in Irving, TX. Our last stateside council was
Desert Pacific HQ'd in San Diego, CA. We were registered with a troop there.
Even that heavily urbanized council had a few Lones in isolated or rural
areas but it also had a few that lived in the metropolitan areas of the
council. Those scouts also met the criteria for LS registration. There are
also LS in Transatlantic and Far East councils that have crossed paths with
us and compared notes.
Direct Service has a number of Lones in particuarly difficult locations.
There is a family group in Xiamen, China that I correspond with on a regular
basis. They have similar issues to contend with because of the isolation. We
have an English-medium school and a church. They have neither and must
homeschool both their lads.
I hope this information is interesting and useful. Ther are other people on
both lists that have lived and breathed scouting in Direct Service Council
as well as done the Lone Scout gig either abroad or stateside. I find my
role as the Lone Scout Friend and Counselor to be more challenging than any
other position I've filled anywhere in scouting.
Yours in Scouting,
Alexandria Lone Scouts, BSA
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