Scouting, Volume 76, Number 3, May-June 1988 Page: 4
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Items of interest for
leaders of Cub Scouts,
Boy Scouts, and
BY SCOn DANIELS
.egistration fee increases
Effective September 1, 1988, the BSA
registration fee for all adults and youth
members (except Career Awareness Ex-
plorers) will be $7 a year. This amount
will be prorated at 60 cents for each
month of registration less than one year.
Career Awareness Explorers will pay
$4 a year. This is a fixed fee regardless of
the number of months of registration.
The BSA needs this additional money
for program enhancement, to offset inflation, and
to meet its increased operating expenses, includ-
ing liability insurance.
One other change—anyone transferring from
one unit to another must pay a $1 transfer fee in
order to register in the new unit, and that person
must have an unexpired registration certificate
for the transfer to take place. This fee also be-
comes effective September 1, 1988.
Revised Arrow of Light requirements
Effective June 1, requirement No. 1 of the Arrow
of Light Award will be changed to read: "Be
active in your Webelos den for at least six months
since completing the fourth grade (or becoming
10 years old), and earn the Webelos badge."
The revised requirement is included in the
1988 printing of the Webelos Scout Book, but
should be changed on page 359 of the 1987 print-
ings that may be in use by boys or leaders after
The new requirement means that Webelos
Scouts may not earn the Arrow of Light Award as
fourth graders (unless they are 10-plus years
BSA opens all leadership positions to women
The BSA's national executive board, in its Febru-
ary 1988 meeting, revised the Rules and Regula-
tions of the Boy Scouts of America to allow
women to serve in all Scouting leadership posi-
Previously the positions of Scoutmaster, assis-
tant Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach, Webelos den
leader, and assistant Webelos den leader were
restricted to male volunteers.
Chief Scout Executive Ben Love said the BSA
voluntarily elected to change its adult leadership
"It is time to recognize that in a changing
society the unique strength of our organization
lies in the dedicated efforts of both men and
women," Love said. "Our efforts must be fo-
cused on obtaining the best possible leadership,
male or female, to carry forward the work of the
The new policy, as stated in the Rules and
Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America, reads
as follows: "Clause 11. Unit Leadership. All rec-
ommendations for commissions to serve as unit
leader, assistant unit leader, den leader, assistant
den leader, Webelos den leader, or assistant We-
belos den leader shall originate with the unit
committee, the chartered organization, or the
community unit committee. The head of the
chartered organization or community unit com-
mittee and the local council must approve the
registration of the leader upon the appropriate
"Adult leadership positions shall be filled by
persons 21 years of age or older except the fol-
lowing may be filled by persons 18 years of age
or older: assistant Cubmaster, assistant Scout-
master, assistant den leader, and assistant We-
belos den leader."
Down With Drugs
If you're at all concerned about your children
misusing drugs, Ken Barun's How To Keep the
Children You Love Off Drugs can be a lifesaver.
It's all there—how to prevent youngsters from
taking drugs, what to do if you suspect they're on
them, and a 50-state listing of agencies to call if
they need treatment. He also covers the insidious
effects of alcohol and tobacco among adults and
children and offers sage advice about how to
avoid or rid ourselves of their use.
Barun has sparkling credentials as past coor-
dinator of Nancy Reagan's national antidrug
campaign, past chief executive officer of the
Cenikor Foundation, and present chief executive
officer of Ronald McDonald Children's Charities
that funds children's drug education and treat-
Publication date is May 31, 1988, 192 pages.
Send $12.95 plus $1.50 postage to The Atlantic
Monthly Press, 19 Union Square West, N.Y.
10003—or order from your bookstore.
Safe kids are no accident
"Safe Kids Week," May 16-22, 1988, will
launch a five-year campaign to educate parents
and children in ways to avoid serious injury or
death in the five most common areas—street and
highway traffic, drownings, falls, burns, and
Dr. C. Everett Koop, the U.S. Surgeon Gen-
eral and honorary chairman of the Safe Kids
campaign, recently said, "The number one killer
of children these days is accidents: It is of epi-
The Boy Scouts of America will join 31 other
national organizations, including the National
PTA, American Red Cross, American Academy
of Pediatrics, 4-H Extension Service, and the Girl
Scouts in efforts to reduce accidents among chil-
The safe kids campaign is sponsored by Chil-
dren's Hospital National Medical Center, the Na-
tional Safety Council, and Johnson & Johnson.
Authorities estimate as many as 90 percent of
all childhood injuries are preventable. For infor-
mation on how you can reduce potential safety
hazards, contact your local council or write:
Health and Safety Service, Boy Scouts of Amer-
ica, 1325 Walnut Hill Ln., P.O. Box 152079,
Irving, Tex. 75015-2079.
May-June 1988 ♦ Scouting
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