Re: Board of Review Frequency
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Wed, 11 Oct 1995 17:55:09 -0400
On Oct 11, 1995 15:14:24, 'Fred Webb <fwebb@BBN.COM>' wrote:
>Frank Chesson asks about Board of Review frequency, and about boys working
>the next rank's requirements before his Board of Review.
In my troop we, like Jeff Glaze, have regularly scheduled boards, once a
month, on the fourth Thursday (not our meeting night). When special
circumstances arise we will schedule an additional board (like the one we
had last night). Very often that happens before our Courts of Honor since
many Scouts wait for the last minute and we wouldn't be able to handle them
all in one evening anyway (we are 45 strong at the moment).
One other thing about boards. They are not only to review Scouts who are
ready to advance, they are also specifically designed to review Scouts who
are not advancing. Thus, even if nobody is ready to advance there might be
a reason for a board. While a small troop might not need boards monthly,
it is easier to have it on the schedule and cancel it if nobody is ready
than it is to hustle up a special board.
>The same is true of the higher ranks. Boys can work on Merit Badges at
>time (subject to Scoutmaster approval), although it is suggested that boys
>are not yet First Class not be allowed to work on Merit Badges except at
I am not sure who suggests this or where it is suggested because I have
never seen or heard of such an idea. Why would anyone want to discourage a
Scout from working on a mb for which he is qualified? Of course,
priorities should be discussed and if the Scout is doing mb's at the
expense of lower rank advancement it might be time for a little coaching
session. Is there a reference for this statement?
Bruce E. Cobern
Advancement Chairman, Dan Beard District, Queens Council, NY
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