Re: Advancement Committee Question
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Thu, 22 Jul 1993 01:04:46 CDT
Michael Gorka <gorka@BCF.USC.EDU> writes:
>Situation: The Advancement Chairman, although he has been around for years
>is new to the job (since January). He gets a monthly report of advancement
>in the district. My question related to cub advancement. The Adv Chair said
>he sees listed x# bears, etc but the committee does nothing really with
The first thing that your new Advancement Committee chair should do is
to get a current copy of the BSA publication "Advancement Guidelines:
Council and District Functions" (BSA #33087). This booklet explains in
great detail what he's supposed to be doing as District Advancement
I'm not going to reprint everything contained there, but here's a few
snippets of information that directly pertains to the discussion at
(taken from pages 8-9 of that booklet!)
"The function of the District advancement committee is to educate and
train unit leaders and their committee members in the advancement
program. This should be done unders the direction of the Council's
advancement committee and with the cooperation of the Commissioners'
Staff and the District's Training Committee. The District advancement
committee also should work closely with the District Executive."
"Other functions of the District advancement committee are as follows:
* set District advancement goals (key point here!)
* help units establish an active advancement program
* recruit and train merit badge counselors
* maintain a current list of merit badge counselors
* provide assistance in Eagle Scout advancement, including Eagle
Boards of Review
* provide recognition to District Scouters
* provide program resources for the unit "
>Does the District Advancement Committee have a role in Cub advancement?
>If yes, what do you feel should be done?
The "numbers" the District advancement chair refers to come from the
District's summary of advancement provided to the committee from the
professional. The professional's success is based in part in the
number of advancements in each group...ie, the numbers of Cub Scout
Advancements, Boy Scout Troop advancements, and Explorer Post
acheivements. Since the professional *never* makes those decisions in
a vaccumm, the volunteer advancement committee and its chair makes
a great deal if not all of the goalsetting with the professional
advising if the goal set is too high, cannot be attainable with the
numbers of volunteers and units, or too low.
The Chair should be doing these things to assist Cub Packs to meet
their share of the District's goals:
* Help unit commissioners explain the advancement procedures to new
Packs and their committees.
* Visit the pack leaders' meetings at least once a year to review the
Cub Scout advancement plan, using the supplements provided to the
parents and found in the Wolf, Bear and WEBELOS Cub Scout books and
in the Cub Scout Leader Book as guides.
* Emphasize the importance of regular advancement reports from the
Pack to the Council Service Center.
* Promote the prompt awarding of badges to the boys
* Encourage the Pack to participate in Council and District
advancement programs aimed at increasing the opportunities for
advancement and fun."
>A related question, does the District Advancement Committee have a role
>in Explorer advancement? And again, if yes, what is that role?
...and in Exploring advancement....
The Chair should be doing these things to assist Explorer Posts and
Ships to meet their share of the District's goals:
* Ensure that the Service Team Members/Commissioners are aware of the
advancement procedures for qualified Explorers to continue Boy Scout
(These two don't appear here but rather in the Council Exploring
Guide, BSA #5504)
* Promote the Exploring Achievement Award amoung all Posts and Ships
in the service area/District
* Train and support Advisors and Skippers on ways to conduct key parts
of the Scouting advancement program ( Scoutmaster's Conferences,
Boards of Review) and in the conduct of the review for the Exploring
* Promote the Quartermaster Award and the Sea Exploring advancement
program in service areas/Districts with Sea Exploring units"
Mike, I hope that this is of help to you and other District
Mike L. Walton
National Exploring Instructor
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