Re: Board of Review
Hilding Holroyd (hilding@CATFISH.OCPT.CCUR.COM)
Mon, 8 Nov 1993 14:09:20 -0500
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> The last SM is now an ASM and helps me out with many things that come up.
You are lucky. That was very helpful SM (I am NOT being sarcastic!!)
> About 6 weeks ago, when I was out of town, the troop had a board of
> review for one of the boys going for Life. ....
> he failed the board of review. There were several things that went
> wrong, some by the board and some by the boy.
> The boys father is a CM for the troop and is very active and
> when this happened he got very angry and said some things that
> shouldn't have been said.
> Tonight we have our next meeting and I would like to get
> past this. I think we will conduct another board of review tonight
> to retest the boy which is not what the district has suggested I do.
> Kim Erickson
Kim, I have a few comments.
Having a Committee that is made up of ACTIVE parents is a fantastic luxury.
However, I have seen that sometimes some parents expect a rubber stamp at
BofR's. (There is NO implication intended.) When it has been my own sons
at an SM Conf. or BofR, I make it clear that there HAD BETTER NOT BE a
rubber stamp. Each Scout must be reviewed on his own merits and ANY
personality conflicts (or personal influences) MUST be left outside the room.
I agree that the BofR should have set a goal for the Scout to accomplish
and to set a time limit, i.e. "you do this and we will see you again
in 2 weeks". But since they did not, insist upon an IMMEDIATE BofR but
completely change ALL members of the board. Start fresh.
I would, however, talk to the board and let them know any real reasons for
the Scout not passing the previous board. Ask them to keep it all in mind
but not let it influence their decision or questions. Another conference
with the Scout probably would not hurt either. Just to talk to HIM about
the situation. And make sure that he, himself, leaves all animosity and ill
feelings outside the door, too.
IMHO, that would be the best for the scout.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City