Re: "lost" scout
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Sun, 25 Sep 1994 00:26:11 -0400
You described a situation that probably is more common than we would like
to see where a Scout has transferred to a Troop without much of a record
of his past advancement.
There are three things I would suggest right away.
1. Call the Committee Chairman of the other Troop personally and ask for
the records, if you haven't already done so and ask. I ran into a
situation once where the SM, ASM and Advancement Chairman just couldn't
help, but the Chairman put her foot down and caused things to happen.
2. Contact your District Advancements Chairman, he/she should have the
pink sheets from previous advancement reports. If the Troop turned them
in (and not all do a good job of this), then you can probably reconstruct.
If this person doesn't have the records, check with the Counsel Office for
the white sheets. If they understand the problem, they'll usually help.
3. If the Scout attended a Camp, there may be an advancement report from
the unit still on file with the camp's records. Some camps keep records
of advancements for their own statistics.
I'd sure hate to put the Scout through his ranks all over again, if this
is due to an adult screw-up. Is there anyone at the other Troop that can
recall whether this Scout completed any advancements? Do they have his
handbook? Which is a good question - what happened to his handbook? He
should have kept it (but some troops have been known to take them for
records keeping and forget to return them to the boys).
Yours in Scouting, Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
Deputy District Commissioner Exploring, GW Dist., NCAC, BSA
Speaking only for myself, but with Scouting Spirit . . .
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