Re: Boards of Review
Scott Drown (scottdd@HALCYON.COM)
Fri, 28 Jul 1995 05:52:57 -0800
Sounds like I touched a nerve with you!
I have been through basic leader as have most of the adult leaders in our
troop. I am familiar with the process and intent of the Board as I have
had to look it up more than once to remind the Scouts to follow it,
especially when thet wanted to fail the one Scout that ended up writing a
To date, no Scout in our Troop has been failed by a Board. However, I do
disagree with your contention that there is essentially no time when a
Scout could fail - Sounds like we will have to agree to disagree.
In the matter of the Board signing off requirements. They only make a
suggestion to the Scoutmaster who signs off in that one area - Scout Spirit
- and I think the Scouts themselves may be the best measure of whether a
Scout shows it or not. The Scoutmaster has the ability to overrule the
Board if he likes but this has never happened just as no Scout has ever
I am not sure exactly when this started in our Troop as it predates me.
Probably from the same era when the Scouts themselves started to do Boards
for Tenderfoot, Second and First Class. I don't recall that in the rules
either but it works well, has educated the Scouts in the process, given it
meaning to them, and given them thought as to what Scouting is about and
the qualities they want in their Troop - ie Leadership.
Thanks for all the time and effort you put into your posting. Do you have
the entire Scoutmaster Handbook keyed into your computer?
ASM Troop 39
Mt. Baker Council, Wa.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City