Mike Derleth (75112.1671@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Fri, 28 Jul 1995 10:49:30 EDT
The topic of "testing" at board of reviews has been resurrected again; and
again, I find myself disagreeing with parts of the discussion to date.
According to the Troop Committee Guidebook, the Board of Review should "Question
him to satisfy yourself that he knows what the requirements demand. How would
you orient a map? What would you do if you met a man bleeding profusely? How do
you pitch a tent properly?
The purpose is not to re-examine a scout on every point of the requirements,
but to determine that he has a >> practical working knowledge << of the required
material." The Scout Handbook, says "The Board of Review. . .want(s) to make
sure you really have completed the requirements for a rank."
I disagree strongly with the contention that the Board can not insure basic
grwoth has taken place. The excerpt from the Committee Guidebook above seems to
indicate that the board is being NEGLIGENT if it does not insure that "practical
working knowledge" has been absorbed by the candidate.
It seems as if another semantic debate is occurring. What, exactly constitutes
If a Scout has earned aquatics MB's, is it wrong to ask "What would we need to
do to plan a troop swim?" --I think not. The often asked question "What are the
points in the Safe Swim Defense", would be improper IMHO.
Asking carefully worded questions can draw from the Scout what he is getting out
of the program, how well the program is functioning, etc, plus serve as a
double-check on the effectiveness of the troop program.
YIS, Mike Derleth
T32, Monroe LA.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City