Scoutmasters Conference & Board of Review
Gary Sherwin (sherwin@SUNSHINE.PGH.WEC.COM)
Wed, 14 Aug 1996 06:00:58 EDT
Most of the things we do, or have the boys do, in scouting have multiple
motives. Boys join Scouts to have fun. They join for the activities.
Ask the man or woman on the street, "What is the purpose of Scouting?"
They will usualy answer, "To go camping and learn about the outdoors."
!!!-WRONG-!!! These are tools to meet an end. They are not the purpose.
The purpose of A Scoutmasters Conference is not to test a boys skills.
It is to make sure that he has been signed off on all of the requirements
for a rank. It is to systematicaly develop a closer relationship between
the scout and scoutmaster, by giving a series of age and skill separated
times when they can talk seriously about their experiences, successes,
strengths, weaknesses, plans, goals............ It is a tool that also
provides the boy with experience talking to a person of authority, Just
like they will soon do in a job interview with a prospective employer.
For younger scouts, it is also a time for explaining the purpose of the
SMC and BOR.
The purpose of the Board of Review is to EVALUATE THE TROOP PROGRAM.
Scouts and BOR members should be aware of this. When we have Scoutmaster
Conferences in our troop, (I say we, because I do not do my own sons
final Scoutmaster Conference) I explain and remind them of this every
time. They know that they may be asked questions that are related to
the requirements, but they know that If they do not know how they passed
the test, they will just help improve the program for the next scout,
because if they do not know, and the next guy does not know etc...
then I get called in to be told of the troops deficiencies in instructing
scouts in scouting skills and I will relay this to the Patrol Leaders
Council at its next meeting and to the SPL and Instructors and Guides,
to encourage them to become beter at their jobs.
The Board of Review is also a time for the scout to bring to light
problems with the troop such as abusive situations, without having to
do so in front of an opposing authority figure that he is already having
a problem with.
And finaly, the BOR is also a group "Job Interview" practice session.
This is an invaluable oportunity for the boy to polish up on his
"Impress them" skills"
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