Re: Relatives, SMs at Eagle BOR and retesting
Ted Sarah (TSarah@AOL.COM)
Wed, 13 Dec 1995 17:15:07 -0500
In a message dated 95-12-13 07:30:48 EST, you write:
>I tell new parents that nothing will be hidden from them. They may be
>required to be wall flowers at some events, but they are welcome to attend
>observe. When I make this statement, I expect to be telling the truth. Am I?
>modify my statement in some way?
Well, I guess it's time for me to put my 2 cents worth into this.
Let's go back to the books, if you look in the Advancement Policies and
Procedures Committee Guide it states on pages 16 & 18 that "Unit leaders,
assistant unit leaders, relatives, or guardians may not serve as members of a
Scout's board of review." Now, I know it says "serve as a member", but look
at it from the boards point of view. The BOR is between the boy and the
board, the parents should have enough faith in their son and the members of
the BOR to trust them. I know about the Scout protection guidelines, but how
many members are there on that BOR, at least 3 for an Eagle. If the parent
is uncomfortable, then they can sit in the next room. Some parents want to
be present as a way to influence the board. Not in my BOR, in 8 years of
doing Eagle BOR's I have never had a parent present and believe me I am not
going to start now.
Oh yes, one last thing. The BOR does not retest a Scout on his skills, that
should have been done long before the BOR. Here we go back to the book
again, on page 16 it states:
"The members of the board of review should have the following objectives in
mind when they conduct the review.
To make sure the Scout has done what he was supposed to do for the rank.
To see how good an experience the Scout is having in the unit.
To encourage the Scout to progress further.
The review is not an examination; the board does not retest the candidate.
Rather, the board should attempt to determine the Scout's attitude and his
acceptance of Scouting's ideals."
YIS & WWW
Ted in Ohio
Member of Committee Troop 273 - Stow, Ohio
MOECOMDWS District Advancement Chairman - Great Trail Council
WWW Ordeal member Marnoc Lodge #151
Camp Visitation Specialist - Area 5/Central Region
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