Re: Time in rank
Jim McMaster (mcmaster@SWENG.STORTEK.COM)
Fri, 23 Aug 1996 10:41:13 -0600
Mills, Ed wrote:
> Mom asked the question "will the time from July to September as patrol
> count towards 6 months of leadership required for life?"
> The CC and I said "no, the clock would start running at election time when a
> leadership position was received through election or appointment. The 2
> months would be service given back to the troop." We also
> said that in our opinion BSA policy was written in such a way that if left
> room for
> individual unit interpretation.
Under what possible "interpretation" of the requirement could the
leadership time *NOT* count? The requirement says "5. While a Star
Scout, serve actively for 6 months in one or more of the troop positions
of responsibility listed in requirement 5 for Star Scout (or carry
out a Scoutmaster-assigned leadership project to help the troop)."
Is he not a Star scout since his BOR? Is he not actively serving in
a listed leadership position? I think you and the CC are way off base.
> This has never been a problem before since no boy has ever attained the star
> and above ranks in exactly 6 months.
Just because this "has never been a problem before" does not make it
> This boy is advancing in rank at a
> neck pace of receiving the next rank almost to the day of the previous rank.
> will probably be the troop's youngest eagle next year at the age of 13.
It seems to me this is your real problem. You think the boy is
advancing too fast, and want to slow him down. You have not picked
a fair way to do it, though. If he is not ready for the next rank,
tell him so in the Scoutmaster's Conference, and refuse to approve
him for the BOR. Be sure, though, to tell him specific reasons why
he is not ready, and what he can do to make himself ready. If you
cannot think of any reason except "he is advancing too fast", then
you have no grounds to hold him up. Refusing to accept valid work
for satisfying requirements is not a valid.
> We will be asking council for its opinion.
> Opinions & suggestions please.
You have my opinion, and it is worth every penny you paid for it. I
hope you reconsider your position.
> Ed Mills
> SM Troop 580
> St. Louis
SM Troop 70
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