Re: Boards of Review
Bob Haar (rhaar@ALBERT.CS.GMR.COM)
Fri, 28 Jul 1995 09:26:31 -0400
I would like to add to this discussion from a different perspective.
First, no scout *should* get to the BOR and fail, but this has
to be a real possibility to make the review meanignful. There
may be technical problems discovered (not right merit badge mix,
not enought time-in-rank, etc.) that need to be addressed, but
is more of a postponed decision.
Second, think of the BOR not as a pass/fail test, but rather
as an opportunity for the board members and the scout to get
to know each other better and to learn how to improve the
We ask many questions that don't have right or wrong answers,
but get to know the scout better - like "What does the
Scout Oath mean to you?" or "What do you think this point of
the Scout Law means and how does it impact your life?" We
also explore the scout's interest and activities outside scouting
and his plans for the future (insode and outside scouting).
We ask what he enjoys most about scouting and what he would
change. This helps us improve the troop operations.
If you approach the BOR as focused, but open ended conversation,
then there are opportunities for learning and growth on
Bob Haar (email: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Asst. Scoutmaster, BSA Troop 188, Clinton Valley Council, Michigan
Chippewa Lodge #29, WWW
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