Re: Time in rank
Kent Wilkins (orange-eagle@JUNO.COM)
Fri, 23 Aug 1996 17:04:11 PST
Reguarding the requirement for a leadership position for Life rank, I
quote from the
Boy Scout Handbook,page 596,
5. While a Star Scout, serve actively for 6 months in one or more of
the positions of responsibility listed in requirement 5 for Staar
Clearly the time as Patrol Leader (one of the approved positions of
between July and Sept, in your example would count towards Life Rank. The
boy made star Scout when he was passed by the BOR, and the time after
his BOR untill
elections was served while he was a star scout, in exact fullfillment of
the above quoted requirement.
I feel that you and your CC are incorrect in making the boy repeat the
two months in question before approvong this requirement for Life rank.
This is clearly adding to the
requirement as written, and making the boy do more than others who
advance in accordance with your troop leadership cycle.
I was struck by your comments about this boy advancing at a rapid pace.
BSA has set time limits between ranks, and if a boy is motivated to work
hard, IMHO there is
nothing wrong with him advancing within the minimum times set forth by
You comment that he may be the youngest Eagle in your troop at 13 if
his pace keeps up....Are you not perhaps one of the group of folks that
feel that boys shouldn't
become Eagles untill some specified age? I know that the flames will
but if a boy can become an eagle at 12, 13, or whatever age WITHIN THE
REQUIREMENTS AS WRITTEN.....what is wrong with that and who is any
Scouter to tell him he can't advance, is too young, or to try and slow
him down in anyway.
My opinions only, but strongly felt. Feel free to agree or disagree, will
be gland to discuss....BUT....I will be gone for two days to ORDEAL for
this years candidates starting in about 30 min, will get back on the
group late Sunday.
Kent Wilkins Amarillo Tx
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City