Learn some more about the lone scout program option.
contains the current list of qualifying factors on page 4. I have listed the ones in the national Registration Guidebook (July 2019) below.
One simple tactic is to just submit the youth and adult application together to the council service center with a supporting statement as to why you need to register your child as a Lone Scout.
Council Scout Executive (SE) is the one that approves the Lone Scout and the Lone Scout Friend and Counselor applications. Some councils support the lone scout program, others do not, or they strictly limit the number of Lone Cub Scouts and Lone Scouts because it places an extra burden on the District Executive’s workload.
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Lone Scout Program Requirements
per the * Lone Scout Friend and Counselor Guidebook*, 511-420, ©2019 Boy Scouts of America, 2019 Printing, p. 4:
Youth in the following or similar circumstances may find Lone Scouting is the best option.
• Home-schooled where parents do not want them in a youth group
• U.S. citizens living abroad
• Exchange students away from the United States
• Disability or communicable illness that prevents meeting attendance
• Rural communities far from a unit
• Conflicts with a job, night school, or boarding school
• Families who frequently travel or live on a boat, etc.
• Living arrangements with parents in different communities
• Environments where getting to meetings may put the Scout in danger
per BSA Registration Guidebook, July 2019, p. 26:
(Note: The following list appears to be previous qualifications.)
This program is available for Cub Scout–age and Scouts BSA–age youth who do not have access to a pack or troop. Youth who are eligible to become Lone Scouts, with the Scout executive’s approval, include:
• Youth being home-schooled
• Children of American citizens who live abroad
• Exchange students away from the United States for a year or more
• Youth with disabilities that may prevent them from attending regular meetings
• Youth in rural communities who live far from a Scouting unit
• Children of migratory farm workers
• Youth who attend special schools, night schools, or boarding schools
• Youth who have jobs that conflict with meetings Youth whose families frequently travel or whose families live on boats
• Youth who alternate living arrangements with parents who live in different communities
• Youth who are unable to attend unit meetings because of life-threatening communicable diseases
• Youth whose parents believe their child might be in danger of being harmed getting to Scout unit meetings
Youth members must complete a BSA youth application and pay the annual registration fee.
A Lone Scout must have a Lone Scout counselor who is at least 21 years old. Individuals applying to be a Lone Scout counselor must complete an adult application and Youth Protection training, authorize a criminal background check, and pay a registration fee. All Lone Scout counselors receive Scouting magazine as part of their registration fee. The position code for a Lone Cub Scout counselor is 88, and Lone Scout Counselor is position code 96.
A Lone Scout and Lone Scout Counselor may register for a term of one (1) to 12 months, and registration expiration may be at any time. For management purposes, it is recommended that registration for all Lone Scouts and Lone Scout counselors in your council expire in the same month.