Seascout-Net Mail Archive for February of 1999: 13 year olds
13 year olds
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 10:19:27 -0800 (PST)
I am in favor of recruiting 13 year olds. I was a Scoutmaster for
many years prior to becoming a SSS Skipper. My experience has been
that 13 year olds are capable of pulling their weight in the ship. We
sometimes invite 13 year old prospective members to participate in our
activities and have had no problems whatsoever.
If this is something we want(and from the responses I have read, the
majority seem to favor this), then we should pursue a policy change at
the national level. Their perspective undoubtedly will be one
considering the overall impact to Venturing and Scouting:
Should we change the age for all of Venturing or just Sea Scouting?
If we change just Sea Scouting, will this adversely affect other
Will such a change adversely affect the Boy Scouting program?
If we decide to change the age, will we be able incorporate it into
the new revision of the Sea Scout Manual?
And lastly and most importantly, will such a change be most beneficial
to the youth?
I think all of the questions above can be positively addressed, but we
need to begin dialog with those who can truly make a difference.
Perhaps we could identify those at the national level who are in a
position to effect such a change.
The easy answer for the national council is to leave it as it is.
When you look at the overall age distribution between programs, you
can see that it is very well thought out. My guess is that they would
be happy to unofficially (without a formal policy change) allow
individual units to include 13 year olds as prospective members, as
many units are already doing. I might add that it is perfectly
acceptable to include guests who are prospective members. Including a
13 year old in a Sea Scout activity would be roughly equivalent to
inviting a Webleos Scout to participate in a Boy Scout function.
Yours in Sea Scouting,
Skipper, Sea Scout Ship 210
Ocean Springs, MS
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