BOR HELP!-To Retest or Not To Retest
Don Tolin (dont@TRIB.COM)
Wed, 6 Dec 1995 12:08:57 -0700
It is my understanding that Board of Reviews (not Eagle BOR'S) conducted by
the troop committees are supposed to "review" and not "retest" the scout.
However, my Council intreprets the prohibition about "retesting" to not mean
you can't retest, just that if you do, you can not fail a boy on his BOR as
a result of the retests. Apparently, this is the "Philmont" rule from this
summer, as stated by our council advancement chairman who attended.
The SM Handbook, and the Troop Committee Guide, clearly state that BOR's are
not to RETEST. However, the advancement guidelines say that you can ask
questions about the skill learned, like who taught it, what did you learn by
doing it, etc. The Council has interpreted that to mean it is "okay" to
retest skills during a BOR.
I am having a problem understanding this, because it is contrary to all of
the training materials, videos, and written materials that I have read. As
ASM, I tell the new boys that the BOR will not be a retest and they will not
be expected to demonstrate what they have learned that is already signed
off. However, at a recent BOR they asked the scout to demonstrate the
heimlech maneuver on a JASM, and asked him to explain the different norths
on a compass and a map, and other skill questions.
Is my Council correct in interpreting this "not to retest" as really
meaning it is okay for the BOR to retest? Or am I off the deep end?
Don Tolin, Casper, Wyoming, USA
ASM Boy Scout Troop 60, Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner,
CR and MC Cub Scout Pack 30, EA Explorer Post 2000,
Riverbend District, Central Wyoming Council, BSA.
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