Re: More on BOR
Timothy J O'Leary (tjo@CPTCHR.AFIP.MIL)
Thu, 6 Jun 1996 06:44:46 -0700
On Thu, 6 Jun 1996, Kevin S Woods wrote:
> Well I was a little dissappointed in the replies I recieved on my
> But you did little to address my REAL LIFE problem. NO COMMITTEE MEMBERS!
> So I ask again...In order to get these boys along, and also to help teach
> the people we DO have how to best run a BOR, what does the list think of
> asking scouters from nearby towns to help us with these BORs? Of course
> my hope is with growth, we will be able to do our own in the future, but
> for now, do I make these scouts sit and wait?
Although it is fine to ask scouters from nearby towns to join your troop
committee, and thus become eligible BoR members, we can also remember that
each boy has two parents. Six boys = 12 parents, less SM and ASM, gives
10 possible members for BoR.
I often conduct BoR in which one or more members is not present, due to
discussion of that person's son. They then switch off. I may turn in
three or four advancement reports, just so the signitures will all be
according to Hoyle. In many cases, we are asking a parent to participate
once per month, for at most an hour, and often only fifteen minutes, at
the end of a troop meeting.
If you can't get enough parents to do this, you have two choices:
Recruit more members, aggressively, until you do.
Watch your troop fail.
So while it is OK to use the approach you outlined, if you do it
correctly, it will not get you the result you need if you want to have a
successful troop. For that, you need parents who are willing to give up
an hour of TV a month for their son.
Tim O'Leary, WDL, Pack 1072, CC Troop 772, COR and CC, Post 769, NCAC,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City