Re: Board of review
LTC Al Woltz (ahwoltz@CBDCOM.APGEA.ARMY.MIL)
Mon, 12 Aug 1996 22:34:05 EDT
> 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.
My opinion - If you're not comfortable at this time, then you should not have
passed him on to the Board of Review. By doing so, you are telling the BOR
(committee members one and all) that YOU feel that he meets the technical
aspects of the rank advancement. I would have asked the boy to return for
another SM conference after he was prepared to demonstrate his proficiency. I
explain to the scout that I rely upon the more experienced scouts to teach the
younger scouts the basic skills and thus it is extremely important to RETAIN
> 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?"
Again, I personally believe that you've asked the BOR to do something that's
outside of their purview. The purpose of the BOR DOES NOT include retesting
the scout on his scoutskills.
Scoutmaster, Troop 292 (Baltimore Area Council)
(former committee member of troops 304 & 677 (Aloha Council)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City