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Lone Scouts

Lone Scouts are members of the adult Scout leader or counselor who may be a parent, guardian, minister, teacher, or another adult. The leader or counselor instructs the boy and reviews all steps of scouting advancement. Lone Scouts can be in the Scout Section or sections for older young people, and in some countries in the Cub section or sections for younger boys. They follow the same program as other Scouts and may advance in the same way as all other Scouts.

Lone Scouts exist in many countries in the world, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.


  • History 1
  • US Criteria 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


British Boy Scouts, other National Peace Scouts or remained independent scouts and patrols.

The term "Lone Scout" was later officially adopted by Baden-Powell's Boy Scouts Association.

The Lone Scouts of America were formed in 1915 by William D. Boyce, a Chicago newspaper entrepreneur.

US Criteria

Boys/girls (in the USA) who are eligible to become Lone Scouts include:[3]

  • Children of American citizens who live abroad
  • Exchange students away from the United States for a year or more
  • Boys/girls with disabilities that might prevent them from attending regular meetings of packs or troops
  • Boys/girls in rural communities who live far from a Scouting unit
  • Sons/daughters of migrant farmworkers
  • Boys/girls who attend night schools or boarding schools
  • Boys/girls who have jobs that conflict with troop meetings
  • Boys/girls whose families travel frequently, such as circus families, families who live on boats, etc.
  • Boys/girls who alternate living arrangements with parents who live in different communities
  • Boys/girls who are unable to attend unit meetings because of life-threatening communicable diseases
  • Boys/girls whose parents believe their child might be endangered by getting to Scout unit meetings
  • Boys/girls being home schooled whose parents do not want them in a youth group

See also


  1. ^ John Hargrave, Lonecraft, the handbook for Lone Scouts, Constable and Company Ltd, London, 1913
  2. ^ Tim Jeal, Baden-Powell, Hutchinson, London, 1989 pp501-502
  3. ^ "Scouting". 
  • "Boy Scouts of America Fact Sheet: What Is the Lone Scout Plan?". Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved February 4, 2006. 
  • Peterson, Robert (October 2001). Scouting Alone. Scouting Magazine.
  • Lone Scouts of South Australia

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