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  • #16

    My son went on to scouts with only AOL, age wise he was too young and grade wise too young.. He was an age where his birthday was like 2 days into the cut-off and we could put him in school, or wait a year.. We put him in school, then since he wasn't mature enough he repeated 2nd grade but stayed with his original den which put him a grade lower then his den members.. So he crossed at normal crossover ceremony, but was age/grade wise too young...

    Didn't work too well for him, but that doesn't mean it will not for you.. He still had a maturity issue.. The first troop he was in had ISSUES.. So he was bullied, by adult leaders and scouts... We found a different troop for him..

    Just keep tabs on him.. Don't be helicopter parents and swoop in and fix everything, but if you see a major issue where he will drop out due to him not fitting in because he was moved to young.. You can always come to this forum and have a sounding wall on ideas on how to corrected it without stepping on toes (either your sons or the troop adult leaders).


    • #17
      I find I will be in this situation next year as well. My son entered school too early, and age wise, he'll be ready for Scouts next year.

      My thought for the Scoutmaster: What does he do for newly recruited boys in the fall? Normally, ever Troop gets a few new Scouts in Aug/Sep. All you're doing is bringing in a youth who already knows a few things.

      When I was a Cub, I crossed over and took the summer off...then entered my troop in fall. I had all year to work on rank and woodcraft before summer camp. By the time I went to summer camp (about 8 months later) I was almost First Class (used to take a full year) and I was able to enjoy many more activities over the Cubs who waited.

      Bottom line: Only you know your son, and if you think he's ready...and he's eligible to join.. I find it hard to believe the Scoutmaster can deny his enrollment.