A reader sent in this question:
I’m a Cubmaster for a small pack and have recently been put in an awkward situation. My Bear den leader and I attended Wood Badge training this past weekend and he ended up in a patrol with the COR from my oldest son’s troop. Unbeknownst to me, the COR invited my Bear den leader to visit the troop the following Monday. I don’t have an issue with an adult Cub Scout leader visiting a troop, but I do think that out of common courtesy the COR should have let me know about the invitation. The issue I have here is that the den leader came to the meeting with his Bear son in uniform and the son was allowed to participate in the troop activities. When I asked the Scoutmaster, he seemed to think this was acceptable.
I have yet to locate any written information on the BSA website that addresses this situation directly, but I believe from past trainings that this is not allowed. If I am correct, where can I locate the guidelines that address this? I will need to have a conversation with my Bear den leader and would like to have some documentation as backup. I’m also concerned that my pack may suffer repercussions if any rules were violated. Hopefully this is not the case, but at the very least, I will most likely have explain to the other parents in the pack why their Scouts can’t visit the troop until they are AOLs even though another Cub Scout did.
Any advice or direction you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
While it is unusual for a younger Cub Scout to visit a Scouts BSA troop, I’m not sure any rules were broken here. If the troop was OK with it, and the parent was there, and the activity did not violate the age-appropriate guidelines, then there I don’t think you need to worry any sort of rules violation.
Even if there was a violation, I think it would be the Scoutmaster and his troop who would be responsible, not your pack.
Hopefully this Bear Cub Scout had a good time at the meeting and is now excited about joining Scouts BSA in a couple of years.
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