Re: question of review
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Mon, 16 Sep 1996 23:33:35 -0400
To advance in rank a Scout must complete the requirements for that rank
and then go through a Board of Review (BOR). These requirements are not
there to make the Scout eligible to be tested at the BOR. A BOR is not a
place to test the Scout or to require him to be Johnny-On-The-Spot in
answering feverishly as questions are raised.
The advancement program is intended to foster youth leadership and to
that end youth members teach many of the skills for the first three ranks
and in most Troops sign a Scout's book when the requirement is met. That
ends the testing.
Later the Scout will have an informal conference with his Scoutmaster
(SM) to review his progress and make sure he has earned the rank. This
meeting can be longer and broken up into several sessions to accomodate
special needs Scouts.
The BOR serves three purposes:
1. To make sure that the work has been learned and completed.
2. To find out what kind of experience the boy is having in his patrol
3. To encourage the Scout to progress further.
This should be in a relaxed setting designed to give the Scout his best
opportunity to talk about what he did, what he likes/doesn't like in his
patrol and troop, and to talk about his future goals in the Troop.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
Dep.Dist.Commissioner-Training, G.W.Dist., NCAC, BSA (Virginia)
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