Re: Board of Review Frequency
Fred Webb (fwebb@BBN.COM)
Wed, 11 Oct 1995 15:14:24 -0400
Frank Chesson asks about Board of Review frequency, and about boys
working on the next rank's requirements before his Board of Review.
The current advancement rules allow requirements for Tenderfoot,
Second Class, and First Class to be worked on at any time after
the Scout has completed the Joining Requirements. So, if you're
not allowing boys to pass First Class requirements just because
they're not Second Class yet, you've violated the rules.
Of course, there's no reason to go out of your way to work on First
Class requirements for boys who aren't yet Second Class - if at all
possible you should have them working on a Second Class requirement
they haven't done yet in preference to a First Class requirement.
So, there's no issue with respect to Tenderfoot, Second Class or First
Class. Boys who have completed all of the requirements for a rank, but
haven't yet had their Board of Review should be working on the next rank.
In fact, if they happen to participate in an activity that covers the
requirement, they should be given credit for completing the requirement
even though they haven't yet completed the lower rank's requirements.
The same is true of the higher ranks. Boys can work on Merit Badges at
any time (subject to Scoutmaster approval), although it is suggested that
boys who are not yet First Class not be allowed to work on Merit Badges
except at Summer Camp. An obvious exception would be a boy who has all
(or even almost all) First Class requirements completed. There is no rule
about when the Merit Badges required for Star, Life and Eagle be earned.
Now, there is an issue with respect to Star, Life and Eagle. Each badge
has a requirement that the boy be active in his troop for some number
of months after being awarded his previous rank, and also a leadership
requirement similarly worded. Finally, there's a service requirement,
which must be carried out while he has the next lower rank. For all of
these, it is the date of the Board of Review that determines the time
period. So, boys who have earned First Class, Star, or Life should
be reviewed as soon as possible so that the required time periods for
the participation and leadership (if he happens to hold a suitable
leadership position) can begin, and so that any service time he might
accumulate will count.
The advancement guidelines suggest that Troops hold Boards of
Review about once a month, if there are any boys ready for advancement.
If you're holding Boards of Review less often than that, I'd say the boys
have a point in asking for a special Board of Review. The last Board
of Review before a Court of Honor should be scheduled as close to the
Court of Honor as possible, so the question of holding a special Board
so a boy can receive a badge at the Court of Honor just shouldn't come up.
That said, what we actually do in our Troop is to schedule a Board of
Review at the last meeting before each Court of Honor (three times a year),
and schedule others in between as soon as we have several boys who need
to be reviewed. In addition, we try not to let more than 6 weeks go by
between the date that the last requirement is passed and the Board of
Review. Even that's too long - we frequently get boys asking us when
their Board will be held.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City