Re: Subject: Re: Completion of all the requirements-standards
Timothy J O'Leary (tjo@CPTCHR.AFIP.MIL)
Wed, 9 Oct 1996 08:25:42 -0700
I don't have the requirements book in front of me, but I suspect that in
some cases the MB counselor (remember - neither the SM nor the BoR has the
right to second guess the counselor), might be able to find that the Scout
actually did a portion of this requirement years ago - probably actually
working on the MB, or perhaps for a school project, or perhaps as a part
of the way the family operates. If the requirement does not explicitly
state "90 continuous days", then perhaps the _MB counselor_ can decide
the requirement was met with one 30 day period and another 60 day period.
The MB counselor can also decide the level of detail required for the
documentation. So, the MB counselor _may_ be able to find a way out of
this situation without either ignoring the requirements or penalizing the
Nevertheless, we have _failed_ to deliver a quality program if we have had
a boy in our troop for over 6 months and the young man has not been
warned. The PL should know what the boys in his patrol - including
himself - need to advance. So should the advancement chair. The young
man should have been warned. Hence, job one is to keep ourselves from
getting in the situation in the first place.
When I counsel First Aid MB, there is a rule I make sure every boy
knows (I guess I am adding to the requirements - mea culpa). The first is
THE BEST FIRST AID IS THE FIRST AID THAT ISN'T GIVEN BECAUSE THE SITUATION
HAS BEEN AVOIDED.
While we must allow failure to occur, because that is a part of learning,
we should also give the guidance necessary to allow success.
Tim O'Leary, cc Troop 772 etc. etc. etc.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City