Can a boy fail a Board of Review?
Win Quakenbush (quakenb@CAMEL.CAMPBELL.EDU)
Tue, 17 Jun 1997 23:17:59 -0400
Hello, the list!
We have had some "prolonged discussion" in this part of the world,
concerning boards of review. Here's the background -
Some of our scouts have received substandard training on the required
steps toward first class. Some was received last summer at our
"Trailblazer" program, some was received at camporees, some within our
troop by various assistants. At the conclusion of each training event,
the boys were "signed off" on the various steps. I was aware of some of
this, but was sure that we would be able to identify and correct any
weaknesses at a later point.
Well, it came time for the Scoutmaster conference and Board of Review for
First Class. I touched on some specifics during the conference. The Board
consisted of two adult Eagles who work with our Troop, and our Advancement
chairman. Three of the scouts (including my son, I must add) were asked
questions from the "requirements" pages, to which they could not give
adequate answers. Each was told that he needed to study further before
coming before the Board.
We ended up having a very long committee meeting, where we fell into two
fairly distinct groups - Group 1, who said "This is the way we've always
done Boards, and we did it right." Group 2 points to the "Scoutmaster
handbook", especially the part that says the Board is not designed to
"retest" the boy. Basically, Group 2 says that once the book is signed,
you can ask the boy how to tie a square knot, but if he can't, we should
help him work through it, or suggest he study it some more, but the Board
can't "fail" the boy, because this gets into re-testing.
Your comments would be appreciated.
Win Quakenbush Scoutmaster
Troop 794 Buies Creek, NC
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