Re: Troop By-Laws
David D. Miller +49 6221 594535 (DDM@DHDIBM1.BITNET)
Tue, 2 Mar 1993 10:58:42 -0600
Don (and others),
Our old Bylaws include two references to standard for Scout Spirit.
One was based on 90% "attendance or excused absence". Some of my
Scouts have other commitments that force them to miss more than
50% of Troop meetings. If they have a good reason to miss a meeting,
and they let their PL or the Scoutmaster know in advance, it still
counts towards the 90%. Don't penalize a Scout just cause your Troop
meeting is always on the wrong night for him, or because he has other
problems and his parents won't let him go to the meeting.
The other is that a Board of Review should accept without question
an item which has been marked as completed by any of the ASMs or the SM.
Their job is to examine the suitability of the Scout for the
advancement, things like Scout Spirit and attitude, and not that he has
completed the other requirements. (Scout Spirit *is* one of the other
items which is marked off by the Scoutmaster before the boy reaches
the Board of Review. Something needs to be fixed!)
One thing which worries me slightly is that, in my Troop at least,
the last three requirements of a rank completed are always the last
three listed. Yet I recall hearing or reading that a Scout can request
a SM conference at *any* time, and can attend a Board of Review
as a progress check. When it says "Attend a Board of Review," does it
really mean "Complete all the other requirements, then attend a Board
of Review." I can't find that written down anywhere: Is it possible
to hold the final Board of Review when a Scout still has a couple of
trivial items (e.g., show how to tie a square lashing) to complete,
and only make the Advancement after the last requirement has been done.
I said above "old bylaws". I'm currently going through them, trying
to cut out the irrelevant stuff (Skills Awards, etc.). If anyone
does have suitable information already on (electronic) file,
please add me to your distribution lists.
I fail to see the need for a Board of Review, other than to create
additional stress for the boy to go through. Was it Mike who thought
the present system put too much control in the hands of adults, and not
enough with the Junior Leaders? The UK Award Scheme leaves the decision
on an award to the PLC. The Award requirements are written in such a
way that there is never any doubt about Pass or Fail; but the PLC still
has to come to a decision and act on it.
The UK system has no Board of Review, no Scoutmaster's Conference, and
no vague requirement for Scout Spirit. Instead, the Scout must
complete a personal project in the area of Commitment: something within
the Scout's own faith, or a self-evaluation of how they are living up
to the ideals of the Promise and Law. With the last option, the Scout
probably won't submit a report until they think it's a good report.
But they will have to think hard about it!
I read in a SF/Fantasy novel ("The Majipoor Chronicles" by Silverberg)
about a cross between an Ordeal and a Board of Review. The candidate
was eventually taken to the place of the Review and told to come back
out in the morning with the result. On asking who would carry out the
review, the answer was: You will. You have been through the training.
You know what is required. You, alone, will know if you meet the
David D. Miller
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