Boards of Review (long one)
Bill Fox (WmPFox@AOL.COM)
Mon, 26 Aug 1996 21:12:11 -0400
On Aug 20, Mike Cooper wrote:
>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.
and Bruce Coburn wrote:
>First of all, if the SM noticed long ago he should have taken steps to
>correct it. He also has the opportunity for a SM conference - at any time,
>not just immediately before a BR - where he could encourage the Scout to
>brush up on the skills that are lacking, etc. However, I don't believe
>that the SM conference should be a time for retesting either. Rather, it
>should be a time for goal setting. Of course, amongst those goals could be
>an improvement in the Scout's skills level.
There are plenty of issues to Review in any given Board of Review. Scouting,
after all, is not ONLY a forum for campcraft. Development of moral character
and responsible citizenship is a fundamental part of the tradition we share
with youth. Boards of Review would be remiss not to review the Scout's
behavior and moral development. The Scoutmaster's Conference falls
in-between, IMO, intergrating newly acquired skills into a larger application
of life. So for example when Dan Moser writes on Aug 21:
>We do not want to lose the positive infulence we
>thought we had on him but cannot let this go unanswered. The steps that we
>would normaly take for a misbehaving/disobediant youth (suspend camping
>priveleges) do not seem appropriate in this case.
It would likely be appropriate for extraordinary Scoutmaster's Conferences or
Boards of Review to address these very serious issues with this Scout. (Of
course a reccomendation for professional services for this family is in
order, but that's a different topic).
East Meadow (LI) NY
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