Re: Scout Spirit (Blaine's Comments)
Scott Drown (scottdd@HALCYON.COM)
Tue, 25 Feb 1997 05:44:59 -0800
>On Mon, 24 Feb 1997 06:45:42 -0800 Scott Drown <scottdd@HALCYON.COM>
>>>One of the qwuestions for Board of Review considers "showing Scout
>>>How do you approach this subject with your Scouts during Board of
>>Bob, our troop approaches it from the aspect of whether or not the
>>Scout lives by the Scout Oath and Law. On several occassions Scouts
>>been held up for advancement because, in the judgement of the Board,
>>did not do a good job of doing so. These Scouts were told to consider
>>this and return later. In every case, so far, there was a marked
>>in the Scout's outlook and behavior and they were later passed.
>I am very curious about how your SM feels about this. What you are
>saying you have done is to overrule the SM. The SM has signed off on the
>"scout spirit" requirement, indicating that it has been satisfied.
Blaine - I am the SM. And in almost every case the BOR review members have
consulted with me prior. However, we also have Scouts sitting on the BORs
for First Class and under in addition to Committee Members to give input
and they are the ones that generally raise the issues. While I know that
National changed the BORs to adults a while back the Scouts involvement has
been valuable and gives them real interest in "their" troop.
To date I have only sent one Scout back to consider. The politics in my
Troop from the parents are such that this route works well. I have a large
number of parents who feel that Scouting is only fun and no work or
learning for advancement is truly required. If the Scouts turn another
Scout down it is accepted by them as long as it is monitored so that it is
not an unpopularity contest.
SM Troop 39, Maltby
Mt. Baker Council, Everett Wa.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City