Board of review
JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Mon, 12 Aug 1996 17:34:46 -0600
First, to those on scouts-l, let me apologize for the letter with nothing
which preceded this one. A mistake.
I have a scout who is going for his Life Board of Review on Wednesday.
We have had our scoutmaster conference. During the conference, I
expressed to him my reservations about him being a Life scout, since he
doesn't seem to remember ANY of the seven knots required for first class
(and lashings are even worse). This came from an episode on our last
campout where a rope broke, and he asked what he should do. I replied,
"tie a knot which joins two ropes of the same size." Blank stare. One
of the new scouts went over and whipped out a square knot.
I told the boy that I asked the Board of Review to quiz him on knots.
He has no problem with that. The board, however, has come to me and
asked "what if he doesn't know them?"
They have reservations about NOT passing him, just because he doesn't
know knots. I have reservations about allowing this boy get this close
to Eagle without knowing knots. However, I'm equally uncomfortable with
the Board trying to put the whole thing on me.
In every other respect, this boy is ready to move on. Its also not a
case where he will be ready for an Eagle Board in 6 mos--probably more
like a year, unless a major fire is lit under him. He takes his time
and generally does okay work--except on knots and lashings.
-- Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
"Toujours en avant. Si Dieu avait voulu que l'homme reculat, il lui
aurait mis un oeil derriere la tete."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City