BSA Board of Review for Tenderfoot thru Life - Criteria for
Stan Pope (StanDCmr@AOL.COM)
Sun, 25 Aug 1996 20:51:09 -0400
A lot of posts have been floating about lately on the subject of
Board of Review... what the Board can do and what it can't do. All
this and a review of the literature have left me with a serious
question: "What are the Board of Review's criteria for action?"
Selected passages from Advancement Policies and Procedures
#33088 (1996), Pg 16-17 Review for Tenderfoot through Life
Ranks and Eagle Palms:
The Board of Review is charged with determining if a Scout is
"qualified for a new rank or palm. ... The review has three
"To make sure that the work has been learned and completed.
"To check to see what kind of experience the boy is having in his
patrol and troop.
"To encourage the Scout to advance to the next rank.
"The review is not an examination. The Scout has learned his skill
and has been examined. This is a review. The Scout should be
asked where he learned his skill, who taught him, and the value he
gained from passing this requirement
"If the board decides that the Scout is not ready to advance, the
candidate should be informed and told what he has not done
satisfactorily. ... A follow-up letter must be sent to the Scout who is
turned down for rank advancement, confirming the agreements
reached on the actions necessary for advancement..."
>From this it appears that there may be reasons for declining
advancement other than not having all advancement requirements
properly "signed off". The type of questions suggested in the
Troop Committee Guidebook (# 34505) seem to elicit information
of a rather subjective nature.
My questions to the group:
1. What are the criteria for declining advancement when the "book
has been properly signed off?"
2. What are the criteria for approving advancement?
3. Where are those criteria documented?
4. What are some situations in which advancement might be
declined, and what would the committee's letter to the Scout say?
Any and all ideas will be appreciated, open post or E-mail.
Thanks in advance,
Stan Pope, a volunteer Scouter for W.D. Boyce Council, Peoria, IL
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City