Jumping from Scout to 1st Class
Monte Kalisch (montek@MONTEKCS.COM)
Sun, 15 Dec 1996 23:25:52 -0700
We had an Assistant Scoutmaster meeting tonight and advancement was
discussed. I just joined this troop a couple of months ago, so I've been
just observing the processes before I got too "mouthy." 8-) The troop has
been doing some advancement on a bi-weekly basis whereby Scouts who are
working on Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class break into groups.
These groups are led by one ASM and at least one senior Scout (someone who
is at least 1st Class). The purpose, obviously, is to work on the
requirements for the next rank advancement.
As I see it, this approach has some drawbacks: 1) Leaders (youth and adult)
are expected to be experts on all the topics in their given rank, 2) Scouts
have discontinuity on subjects from one rank to the next, and 3) the system
is rather fragmented.
Another ASM and I are going to put together a new approach. The approach
would be modeled after the First Class Challenge program we have used at
Ben Delatour Scout Ranch. Instead of breaking scouts into rank'ed groups,
we'd break them into skill areas: First Aid, Pionnering, Orienteering, etc.
Each basic class would be a four session "course" that would fulfill all
the requirements for that subject area through First Class. We're toying
with the specific subject areas now (there will at least be First Aid,
Orienteering, Pioneering, Scout Development, Camping, ???). To me, this
system adds a lot over our previous approach. First, an adult instructor
and youth instructor(s) can create a program, develop it well, and use it
on a group. Second, the youth instructors would cycle through helping
adults and working on their own advancement. (Presumably, they'd help with
a four-week session and then move on to work on some advancement for
themselves for four weeks and then help teach again, etc.)
While not extremely likely due to attendance problems, etc., it is possible
that a Scout could finish up all his requirements through First Class at
the same time. Is this advisable? Essentially, a Scout could jump from
Scout rank to First Class in a matter of hours (with SM conferences, BoR's,
Also, if you have any thoughts about this method of advancement, I would
appreciate your suggestions/comments as well.
Yours in Scouting,
Monte Kalisch =95 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
NCS Program, Ben Delatour Scout Ranch (http://www.montekcs.com/www/bdsr)
ASM Troop 191, Ft. Collins, CO
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