Unfortunately, for several reasons, not ALL local Councils have Lone Scouting in their “program roster”. Longhorn accepts Lone Scouting under some strong criteria, stronger than most other Councils (and even though their headquarters is in the same town as the BSA’s National headquarters).
Bottom line: it IS an program option and NOT EVERY COUNCIL USES THE PROGRAM. It’s getting better, with 119 of the BSA’s 274 local Councils using Lone Scouting. Talking with “national” will frustrate you…trust me, I’m a former Lone Scout Friend and Counselor!! The “national folks” have been instructed to refer you to the local Council, who will tell you “we’re sorry, but we can’t support Lone Scouting in our Council right now…”
So what do you do?
Apply to be a Lone Scout in a NEIGHBORING local Council. You can do this. As a matter of fact, you and your Lone Scout can participate in ANY local Council’s activities or events as long as you seek permission to do so by that Council and you are registered Scouts. (the importance of that BSA registration card – you are NOT limited by your Council’s boundaries)!!
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Great discussion…glad I can contribute!!