Troop Committees making rules
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Thu, 8 Dec 1994 19:01:43 GMT
I am concerned to see how often we get postings about Troop Committees who
try to set additional standards which are not within their remit. Often the
Committee members do not actually work with the kids. If we must have
Boards of Review I would like to see it required that only Board members who
have undertaken basic training sit on them. How can the committee
" review " a Scout when their knowledge of the program is probably minimal ?
Personally I would like to see the power given back to the Patrol Leaders'
Council to set standards. If you read " Scouting for Boys " it was envisaged
by B-P that it would be the boy's peers who would award recognition , so
there is good precedent for this. The system works in other countries. In
the UK the PLC not only approves <every> award it can write in requirements
to suit the needs of individual Scouts.
The more I read about Committees trying to implement their own ideas about
program , whether it is setting school grade requirements for holders of
<elected> troop positions or setting other " standards " the more worried I
get. I doubt that giving the review function to the Patrol Leaders' Council
will create greater unfairness overall than leaving it with the Troop
Incidentally, I would suggest that the Committee which wants to set
educational standards as a pre-requisite for positions <elected> by the
troop membership should immediately arrange for every member to produce a
letter from their employer confirming that their ability, attendance etc. at
their place of work is totally satisfactory as a condition of joining the
committee. Clearly they are role models for the boys, and if they expect the
junior leaders to have a certain proficiency in their daytime " work " they
ought not mind doing likewise.
Ian N Ford
ASM T401 Transatlantic Council
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