Re: BOR Help -- to retest?
Rob Morley (Rmorley@STATE.MA.US)
Mon, 11 Dec 1995 08:49:37 EST
AS the advancement Chairman for my troop, I have always had a problem with
not being able to retest the scout on the requirements for rank advancement.
Before I get a mailbox full of flames, let me say that I DO ask the feedback
type of questions. As a matter of fact, they have been very helpful in the
past for yearly planning with the PLC.
However, to use a previous example about knots, what it the point of teaching
the knots, or first aid, if we only require them to know the information
once. For instance, the square knot is a required knot for the Scout Badge
(Joining Requirements). From this point on, the scout can basically forget
the knot, in regards to any type of advancement. He is not require to know
how to type this simple knot, nor can he be asked to tie it agian, as long as
someone signed him off for this requirement. It just doesnt' make sense to
me. What message are we sending to these boys?
Reason for my apparent tirade:
I currently have a Star scout that is 12 years old, and is VERY
immature, and does not know very much about knots, or first aid for that
matter. Yet, this coming Sunday he is up for a BoR for Life Scout. Once he
passes the Life BoR, he will start working on Eagle Scout. I find it very
hard as an Eagle Scout myself, to allow this scout to earn Life Scout, and
start towards Eagle Scout, without this basic skills. Yet there is NO way to
test the scout on these skills.
We are basically allowing scouts to become Eagle Scouts, without them needing
to know the basic skills in scouting. Now I know that some will say that in
the big picture of scouting, that the "skills" are not all that important.
It is the citizenship, and character development. This is true, but first
aid, knots and the like are not skills that will never be used again.
I also would NOT blame the instructor, or the person who signed off the
requirement. They, in fact, did see the scout tie the knot. It is The
SCOUTS responsibility to practice the knots, and first aid, even after they
have completed the requirement.
I apologize for using the forum to vent my fustrations, but it bothers me to
see scouts not getting the full potential out of scouting.
Yours In Scouting,
Old Colony Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City