Carol Breuer (CBreuer@VINES.COLOSTATE.EDU)
Thu, 7 Dec 1995 12:30:32 MST
Don Tolin posted concerning retesting at a Board of Review:
>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.
>... 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.
I have spent many years working with troop committees and boards of review.
It has always been my understanding that the testing of a Scout is to be done
before he arrives before the troop committee for the BOR. I always viewed it
as the Scoutmaster's responsibility to be sure that the Scout had met the
requirements for skills, leadership, service, etc., for the rank. Thus, the
BOR could focus on questions that revealed more about the scout's character
and attitudes, feedback on what he likes or doesn't like about the troop
program, or what goals he has set for himself in Scouting or in life.
Yes, a BOR can ask about the things done to meet the requirements for that
rank, but I view that more as a vehicle to get the boy talking about what he
has done, NOT as a retest on the specifics of that skills. If a boy feels he
is being tested, he is likely to be more nervous and uptight. If the adults
on the BOR make this an opportunity to get to know the boy better (since they
usually don't spend as much time with the scouts at troop meetings and
activities), and to see the troop from the boy's point of view, then they can
get a better feel for the effectiveness of what the troop is offering.
I would suggest you talk with your council advancement person again to see
whether there might have been some misunderstanding on this area.
Carol Breuer, Fort Collins, CO
Asst. District Commissioner
. . . I used to be an eagle, NC-155
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