Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 13 Aug 1995 00:09:45 -0400
The committee and SM in your inquiry are not free to alter the rules and
policies regarding advancement established by National including the
Board of Review. They might need to be reminded that it is not their
program, rather a program that the chartering organization elected to use
as a youth program. Part of that charter represents an agreement to
abide by those rules and policies. Their actions could have the
following consequences, if somebody makes a fuss:
1. Revocation of the charter.
2. Non-recognition of rank advancement for lack of proper board of review.
3. Rejection of Eagle applications - same - didn't have BSA approved
boards of review for ranks.
4. And if someone doesn't raise a fuss, the leaders are teaching these
Scouts that you only obey the rules you like and ignore the rest -
something counter to one of the principle aimes of Scouting -
participating citizenship. They can work towards change, but are not
free to implement this change on their own.
In such a case, it would be a good idea for the DE and/or District
Commissioner to sit down with the Institutional Head and COR to make sure
that the chartering organization understands its obligation. At the same
time the commissioner staff needs to be talking with the committee and SM.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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