Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 3 Feb 1994 to 4 Feb 1994
Ian N Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Sat, 5 Feb 1994 18:25:21 +0000
In answer to Steve Souza's question regarding the British Queen's Scout
The Queen's Scout Award is awarded <by the Unit Executive Committee> i.e.
the elected youth members of the Unit. Like the Patrol Leaders' Council,
the Venture Scout Leader is present as a non-voting member. The Unit Exec
has a report of an interview between the candidate and the District
Commissioner, who makes his RECOMMENDATION to the committee. In theory
the Executive could agree the award even if the DC recommended otherwise,
but I don't know if it has ever happened!
In the Scout section all awards (ranks) and proficiency (merit) badges
are awarded on the recommendation of the PLC, which is also responsible
jointly with the SL for making arrangements for instruction and testing.
There is NO adult " Board of Review " or Leader's veto. In the case of
proficiency badges a Scout may be appointed to examine candidates - in my
old troop I had a fourteen year-old Scout who was the examiner for the
Airman [ orman} badge because he had the knowledge required to teach the
subject to younger kids.
Also the PLC can write their own requirements for particular awards, e.g.
a requirement will say complete one of requirements a thru j where j will
be " any other activity of a similar nature or level of achievement as
agreed with the Patrol Leaders' Council. " An example was when my
District visited the USA and several kids completed the BSA " Indian Lore
" MB class. The P/Ls agreed that this would meet the " Culture "
requirement of the Chief Scout's Award and asked the CIT to sign it off!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City