SM/ASM as BOR Members
Pete Townsend (ptownsen@HYDRA.CS.GMR.COM)
Mon, 18 Nov 1996 15:27:07 -0500
Cheryl Singhal responded to Kathie Cerveny:
>I'm sure Kathie and all the rest of you are correct in the conclusion
>I do have just one *teeny* little question? If the troop manages to sign
>up every semi-active parent in a leadership position, just WHO is left to
>sit on a BoR?
>It sort of sounds as if the literature is suggesting we go out and snag 4
>random passersby; since this is clearly stupid (not to put _too_ fine a
>point on it <G>), I'm missing something important, I'll bet.
With over 15 years in the troop/district advancement field, I'll stick
my nose out and agree with you. MOST established troops tend to be
a little more pragmatic about some of these rules. New troops tend
to get hung up on the letter of the rules.
If you look at the purpose of the rules, you can see that it is to
provide an unbiased, and different look at the candidate; and to avoid
any appearance of favoritism, (and to provide an unbiased listen to
the candidate as well).
Therefore no parents, guardians, relatives, close family friends should
be on the BoR. The SM should not participate since he has his own role
to fill in advancement (the Scoutmaster Conference). The SM participates
in truth by being the filter that recommends the boy for the BoR.
As to other participants, many troops enroll a large part of their
committee as ASM's. In many cases, the person in charge of advancement
and advancement records also wears an ASM hat. In that case it is, in
my opinion, most important that that ASM participates and in fact chairs
the BoR. Especially if that person has long experience and can lead the
BoR into more of a discussion rather than a Q&A session.
[Just as an aside, I've never used the lists of sample questions for
each rank put out by National. They are too dry! I want to have
fun in the BoR, and have the boy enjoy the meeting; I want him to
talk about himself and the things he's done, what he sees about the
troop, and what his personal aims are.]
Keeping FUN in scOUTING, Pete Townsend ASM T188 Rochester Hills MI
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