When it becomes clear that a Scout may complete a significant rank advancement, a question may be raised as to whether he is or has been "active." Fortunately the Boy Scouts maintain clear rules as to when a Scout is "active."
A Registered Scout is an Active Scout
Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures #33088 © 1989, 2007 Printing p. 24
A Scout will be considered "active" in his unit if he is:
Only Active Scouts Can Be Rechartered
Commissioner Fieldbook for Unit Service #33621 © 1990, 2007 Printing p. 44
Youth Member Listing
"Ghost units" puts membership in the spotlight
- Boy Scouts Suspected of Inflating Rolls Washington Post
- "...Federal subpoenas have been flying around...the latest in a string of at least five bogus-membership scandals in Boy Scout councils around the country since the 1990s.."
- Leaders Falsified Participation by Inner-City Youth, Audit Finds Associated Press
- "...The audit led to the resignation Tuesday of the Atlanta Area Council's executive director, David Larkin, who said he took full responsibility for his organization's actions..."
- "...In Dallas, former council employees say the Scout count was inflated 20 to 30 percent. In Birmingham, some believe the numbers were hyped 30 to 40 percent..."
- "...Boy Scouts of America declined an interview, but in a statement said, "Accurate reporting of membership is essential. Falsifying records is unacceptable..."