Michael J Pagelkopf (mjp2@SPARC.ISL.NET)
Sat, 12 Aug 1995 21:28:03 -0500
There has been recent discussion on advancement requirements and the
deviation that occures (planned or not). Recently I had conversation with a
SM whose units continues to follow the advancement techniques used some
years back when skill awards where for the ranks to first class.
Scouts are allowed to sign-off on any requirement for tenderfoot, second
class, and first class as long as they have completed the requirement. In
addition the PLC still sets as the Board of Review for the ranks of
tenderfoot, second class, and first class (and adult member of the troop
committee is present).
Even though the unit adopted the First Class Emphasize program and
advancement requirements it was the scouts that came to the adult leadership
and voice the opintion that it was not right to take away from them the
ability to advance the scouts to first class and sit on the BOR as had been
done in the past. The SM indicated that adults still sign the advancment
report but other than the one member present have no direct knowledge of the
The over whelming feeling in the unit is that the advancement will the skill
awards was built on a boy led unit and that national had no right to take
that responsibility away from the boys.
>Given the discussion that has been going on I wonder what the group feels
about changes to the program by national that "remove" responsibilty from
the scouts rather than give it to the scouts. Does a dividing line exist
between the scout responsibility and the scouter responsiblity? Now
remember I am only the carrier of this news not the implementor.
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Hiawatha District - Gamehaven Council S.E. Minnesota
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