Re: Board of review (Knots)
Michael Cooper (mcooper@MCOOPER.SEANET.COM)
Tue, 20 Aug 1996 04:36:44 +0000
I'm not quite sure why your committee(or/and you ) are so intent on
having the boys perform knots at their Board of Reviews? The part of
the Committes responsibility of..."making sure that the work has been
learned and completed." is simply looking at the boys Scout Handbook and
seeing if it has been signed off. Some questions as to when certain
knots might be used would seem to be the extent of examining the scouts
knowledge of knots, however, I cannot think of any way that having the
Scout tie the knot would not be considered *testing* or better yet
*re-testing* as the scout has already been tested prior to his BofR.
This desire of the Scout Committe to *Test* scouts is not uncommon and I
believe that is exactly why the words in the Scout Committee Handbook
are printed in bold type that instruct the committee not to *test*.
Our Committee has recently dropped this approach of *retesting* the
Scouts and over the past year and a half the boys have been feeling much
more confident and comfortable with going before this Committee. The
Committee spends much more time in showing interest in the Scout and his
progress and future and less concern with double checking his skills.
Skill progress is left to the SPL, PL, ASM and SM. When I have my
Scoutmasters Conference with each Scout I make sure they are ready for
I hope that your Committee will review the role they play in the Scouts
life and come to a better understanding of how to best help the boys.
Yours in Scouting.
Scoutmast -Troop 167 Brier, WA
Brier Ward, Lynnwood Stake
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City