Re: Board of review (Knots)
JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Fri, 16 Aug 1996 17:15:17 -0600
> BOARDS OF REVIEW (EXCEPT FOR EAGLE SCOUT)
> "When a Scout has completed all of the requirements for a rank, he
> appears before a board of review composed of at least three and not more
> than six committee members.
> "The review has three purposes:
> 1. To make sure that the work has been learned and completed.
> 2. To find out what kind of experience the boy is having in his patrol
> and troop.
> 3. To encourage the Scout to progress further.
Our Board of Review came up with a solution on Wednesday on the knots
situation, and any others that may arise.
They have interpreted the point about making certain that the work has
been learned and completed to mean that they can ask certain skills to be
demonstrated...NOT with the intent of failing the boy if he does not
(knot) know them, but to take the opportunity as a further learning
experience for the boy. For example, when the lad in question was asked
about a sheet bend, he tied it on his second or third attempt. The head
of the BoR then asked the scout if he knew the history, or reasoning,
behind the knot. The boy didn't, so the gentleman proceeded to tie it
again, this time with the sailing intent of the knot being discussed. It
suddenly became clearer to the boy.
To sum, our Boards will ask for certain skills, as their way of making
certain that the work has been done (besides going to the boy's scout
handbook). However, they want to make the Board a learning experience,
not just an exam.
That's the nice thing about Scout rules: the books are sufficiently
vague so as to allow for such interpretations.
Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
"Toujours en avant. Si Dieu avait voulu que l'homme reculat, il lui
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