Ok so the leaders in my Troop have been debating an issue for a while. We have a new leader in the Troop. He first joined Scouts in 1986. He was an active youth until he turned 18. Then was a very active leader and Scoutmaster he eventually stopped being an active dues paying member about 15 years ago when he moved out of state. He has however never stopped being associated with scouting or helping out. His nephew in our troop and he has been a real help to us for a while now. Occasionally he would go on some campouts and outings, help with merit badges and courts of honor. He has always had a presence but has never truly been "official". Well now he has a lot more free time and has officially joined our troop. We ordered some service stars to give out to the scouts and leaders. When it came to his we were a bit torn. A lot of the leaders say that his "unofficial' years can't be counted. Most of us feel that since he has always been an informal member and has in many ways dedicated his life to scouts that it should all count. Another leader pointed out that since he earned his Eagle Scout rank that he's a scout for life, no matter what. I don't think it matters to him one way or the other, he's just glad to help. What are your thoughts?