Re: Non Use of Scout Handbook
Keith Tilley (redcoat@NEXTSTEP.NET)
Tue, 9 Apr 1996 20:02:48 -0400
Chuck Still wrote:
>We received copies of thier advancement records from the other troop >which
was really copies of the advancement forms that are turned in to the >scout
office showing rank and MB's completed.
There's nothing wrong with that. Tracking advancement in the Scout Handbook
is a convenience, but it's the "green sheets" that really reflect what the
Scout has done, because they're the only official advancement record.
> The adults did all of the training and teaching without the use of Scout
Well, they made things hard on themselves, but that's not necessarily a
crime. What's important is whether or not the adults taught the correct
material, regardless of their source of information. Read on.....
> It is our troops policy that all scouts will have a Scout Handbook. Now I
> am faced with this. How should I proceed? Star, Life and Eagle ranks
> require mainly MB's, service hours and leadership positions for
> advancement. Should I require a Scout Handbook?
I would suggest that you meet with the boys in question to determine whether
or not they have the skills you think they should have at their level. You
can't take their rank away from them, even if you think they don't have the
skills, but you can focus their next Board of Review on the fundamentals and
send tehm back for more work if necessary. If they need to go back and
review, then I would require them to use the Scout Handbook.
Assistant Council Commissioner
Rip Van Winkle Council, NY
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