Re: Scout participation
Derleth, Michael (mderleth@CZN.COM)
Tue, 5 Nov 1996 08:18:18 -0500
<Scouts not regularly participating (BUT)do their merit badge work
<pay their dues and advance in spite of their lack of involvement.
<...publish troop specific criteria such as at least 50% <participation
at troop meetings, outings and patrol
<meetings in order to be eligible for rank advancement.
Many troops do have such a policy, and you won't be the first.
I'm probably also not the first to tell you that such a measure
is NOT supported by BSA rules. Were your troop to deny advancement
based on such a measure, you would very likely be overruled by
your council and National.
In addition to MB's and dues, there are other requirements. How
can a Scout serve successfully in a position of responsibility if
you never see him? If the job requirements (maybe using the canned
ones in the JLT training guide) were used, you would have tangible,
supportable criteria to determine the Scouts performance unlike the
But first, is there a reason for the lack of participation? Are
the boys heavy into school sports? It may be that during one season
or two they're invisible but they return after. Are parents too busy to
give them a ride? Are they older scouts who are bored, and would
return for a new challenge to their abilities?
You may need to sit down with the boys, individually, and do some
probing to determine thy they are not participating regularly.
It's more difficult than a flat percentage, but ultimately
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