Re: Parents signing off on requirements
Maj Jon Danner (dannerjm@C17MIS.WPAFB.AF.MIL)
Fri, 29 Sep 1995 09:17:28 -0400
Dean Hayes wrote:
>My understanding is: Their is no national policy which prohibits
>parents from signing off their sons requirements.
>On the other hand, to control this, I see nothing wrong with a list of
>people qualified to sign off various requirements based on their
>knowledge and experience.
>There is also the board of review where requirements signed off in this
>way can be questioned.
I have found that the Scoutmaster Conference to be a very effective tool in
maintain the quality of advancement. This is one requirement that the
parent cannot sign off, and I get to review ALL requirements and how the
scout accomplished them. If I am not satisfied with the Scout's answers or
abilities, I am allowed to retest. If the boy passes my retest during the
Conference, no time is lost to the boy. If he fails, he has more time extra
The Board of Review is not allowed to retest, therefore if they question the
achievement of the requirement, all they can do is deny advancement and send
him back to the scoutmaster with what corrective action is needed to pass.
The board's quality check is more of a check on me, the Scoutmaster, rather
than the boy. If a Scout is denied advancement, it is my fault for
recommending him to the board.
Jon Danner, SM
Wright Brothers District
Miami Valley Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City