Re: Life to Eagle requirements
Jim Smith UT (jsmith@SAREK.OSMRE.GOV)
Wed, 20 Mar 1996 08:58:37 -0700
> Date: Mon, 18 Mar 1996 08:36:00 PST
> From: Murphy Peter <MurphyP@RND3.INDY.TCE.COM>
> Subject: Life to Eagle requirements: Poss. Lawsuit
> I'm a new SM (3 months) and will attend basic training next
> month so maybe I'm premature in asking these questions.
> With the concern of the SM not doing his or her job and passing
> boys along that shouldn't be advanced, does Scoutmaster
> training include training and guidelines on conducting a SM
> conference? Is there training I can take to my committee to
> make sure the Troop BoR and conducted properly? I attended
> Troop Committee training in our council last year when I was the
> Outdoors/Activities Chair and it didn't cover BoR. Maybe Troops
> should send their own committee members to observe a district
> Eagle board. Don't expect us SM to do our jobs properly if we
> are not told how to do it.
> Peter Murphy, Troop 125, Carmel, Indiana
> Del-Mi District, Crossroads of America Council
Peter, excuss me for using your posting as a basis for a broader reply
and some questions. Comments similar to yours appear often in this forum.
My comment is: the Scoutmaster is not solely responsible for the Scouts
advancement. In fact, unless priorities have changed since I was trained
(has it been ten years already?), advancement is neither the exclusive
nor PRIMARY responsability of the Scoutmaster. That`s what the Troop
Committee and especially the Advancement Committee are for. That`s one
reason the SM is not to be on ANY of the the Boards of Review. I
suspect the main reason boy leaders no longer conduct the BoR`s up
through 1st Class was to place more accountability for the advancement
method segment of the total program on the sholders of the
Troop/Advancement Committee. A boys strengths and weaknesses should be
known to all the Committee members through their own observations at
camps, activities, etc., through counciling with the SM, and through
BoR`s. Otherwise, how can they work with and through the SM as he guides
and trains the boy leaders to plan an appropriate program?
My questions: If the Troop/Advancement Committee is doing its job, how
can a Scout become an Eagle candidate if his qualifications/worthiness
are questionable? Why should the SM need to have the concerns
expressed by Peter?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City