Re: American Heritage award: What would you do?
Chip Kroh (ckroh@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Fri, 8 Nov 1996 10:48:50 -0500
> The requirements had a certain timeline involved (Memorial Day to
> Day) to complete the requirements. While this Scout and parent
> this Civil War site, she did had not intended to count this as part
> the American Heritage award. All during the summer, this parent told
> that she was going to take her son to visit another historic site, as
> she did not consider the roving site to be considered visiting an
> site. During the summer, also, I kept reminding her of the timeline.
> Well, due to other obligations, this never took place within the
> timeline. She also informed me that she was still planning to visit
> site, where at this time, I said that it was too late. This den
> leader/parent then asked me to "fudge" a little about the
> for visiting a historic site and 1)consider the Civil War roving site
> and 2) because we are very good friends and our sons are best
> I felt very put on the spot by this request.
> I am curious to know what you other Scouters would do in this
> situation. We are not large enough nor have enough parent
> to have a separate Advancement/Award Committee.
This question came up at this month's Pack Leaders Meeting over
advancement towards rank. A deadline was established well in advanced,
and was well advertised, including the Den Leader calling the child's
house and advising that time was running out and placement in our Pack
newsletter. The parent asked us to bend the rules as she did not
receive any notification of the cutoff date. The determination was
that since it was well advertised that no leniency was to granted as it
was not fair to the other children who worked so hard before the
You hate to see the child suffer because of something the parent did,
but at the same time, deadlines are established for a reason.
Asst. Den Leader, Webelos
Pack 52, Camp Hill, PA
Adventure District, Keystone Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City