Re: Parents signing off on requirements
Rob Morley (rmorley@STATE.MA.US)
Thu, 28 Sep 1995 17:30:42 EDT
It is true that there is no policy that says that the parents cannot sign off
requirement for thier sons. And it has been mentioned that this could be an
infringement on the No More, No Less policy. However, it is the
responsibility as leaders to make sure that the scouts get something from
this program. They won't get much if they can get their parents to sign off
on work that does not meet or only marginally meets the requirements of the
merit badge or rank. Our troop does not allow the parent to sign off
anything unless it specifically requires a parental signature.
It does not add any more to the reuiements (NO More, No Less Policy) because
we are still requireing them to do only the requirements listed.
BTW, the board of Reveiew can do very little if the scout already has the
requirement signed off. You cannot hold him back, since he did do the
requirement, and was signed off be someone. And you can't make him do it
again, because NOW you are violating the No More no Less policy. This is why
the original person signing off the scouts has to be the "Point" person to
verify that the scout actually does know how to type a square knot, and does
know the scout oath and law.
I know it is ashame that we have to operate in this fashion. It has been
said before, and I know it for a fact, that most parents would actually be
harder on their own child than anyone elses. But some parents aren't like
that. In any case, we want to stop both cases. The scout should not have to
do more because his parent is the counselor, nor should the scout be allowed
to do less because his parent is the counselor.
In our troop we use a co-signer for all merit badges where a parent teaches
his own son. The co-signer will sign off the requirement, after the parent
has OKed the requirement. This way we can never say that special treatment
was given to a particular scout because of a familial realtionship.
Hope this help and doesn't just confuse the matter anymore.
Old Colony Council
Eagle Scout '82
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City