Re: Board of review
Brandon Peskin (brandon1@KTB.NET)
Mon, 12 Aug 1996 22:04:14 -0700
At 10:16 PM 8/12/96 -0600, you wrote:
>At 05:34 PM 8/12/96 -0600, you wrote:
>>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).
>Jason, I don't see anything in the Life Rank requirements regarding knots.
>If the boy has earned Star, then he must have earned First Class; and if he
>earned First Class, then *someone* must have signed the knots and lashing
>requirements. Whether or not he remembers these knots now really has nothing
>to do with his earning the Life rank. Furthermore, as we have discussed
>before, the Board of Review is "not a time to retest the Scout" (Troop
>Committee Guidebook, pg 53).
>If my Scoutmaster approached me with a request to quiz a Scout on knots, I
>would simply tell him that we don't do that and if he does not believe that
>the Scout has earned the rank he should not have signed off the Scoutmaster
>Conference requirement and should have made arrangements with the Scout as
>to what needed to be done to satisfy the requirements.
>>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.
>Sorry, have to side with the Board on this one. I can't see any legitimate
>reason to deny this Scout his Life Rank. Instead I would make an agreement
>with him that he make a concerted effort to re-learn those skills he has
>forgotten from his earlier rank work...NOT as an additional requirement for
>Jim Peterson /\
>Cubmaster, Pack 379, Auburndale, Wisconsin ("\/")
>Advancement Chair, Troop 379, Blenker, Wisconsin ~''~
>"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so
>few engage in it." - Henry Ford
I am a Boy Scout with troop 303, Panorama City, California (near Los
Angeles). Knots dont have to matter....what if the boy has a learning
disability, and he cant remember his knots, but has successfully met the
requirements for Life? Would you hold him back? I think not... Do what my
troop does...review them every other month....simple as that.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City