Boards of Rview
Sun, 12 Feb 1995 09:04:48 -0500
On Saturday the 11th, Stanley R. Frager writes "We have a committee member
who constantly keeps asking technical skill question
s on boards....he is valuable to the Troop in many other ways, but every board
is "final exam" time! What do we do?".
Training, training and then some more training. Then if that doesn't work,
get some more training. Training is as important for committee members as it
is for the scoutmaster and his assistants.
In our troop several years ago, we actually asked ourselves, what is
expected of us, what are our duties, and how do we go about doing them.
First we got ahold of the fast start videos that are available. Then as a
group we viewed them, discussed them, then implemented.
A great reference is the Troop Committee Guidebook. It does a pretty godd
job of spelling out the program goals and structure.
Don't be afraid to point out to this one person the true purpose of a Board
of Review. I repeat them here verbatim.
1)To make sure that the work has been learned and completed.
2)To find out what kind of experience the boy is having in his patrol and troop.
3)To encourage the Scout to progress further.
The very next line on page 53 of this guidebook states" The board of review
is not a time to retest the Scout". I beleive Boards of review should last
no more than 20 minutes. Maybe a little longer for higher ranks like Star,
where the boys are holder and you can probally get them to talk more.
In my opion the boys always lose if Boards of Review are used as final
exams. Instead this is a great opportunity for committee members to find out
what works and what doesn't work in the troop. Then use their resources to
make the troop even better.
You may be surprised, and find that this person just doesn't know what is
expected, and just assumes this is an exam. Show him the way.
Paul E. Ratty
Greater Lowell Council
Paul E.Ratty firstname.lastname@example.org
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