Reply: Can a boy fail a Board of Review?
Tue, 17 Jun 1997 23:16:09 -0500
"...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."
This was an incorrect action on the part of the Review Board. According
to the manual "Advancement Policies and Procedures Committee Guide",
1996 printing of the 1994 Edition, page 16, it states: "The review is
not an examination; the board does not retest the candidate. Rather,
the board should attempt to determine the Scout's attitude and his
acceptance of Scouting's ideals."
The manual goes on to say: "The Scout has learned his skill and has
been examined....The Scout should be asked where he learned his skill,
who taught him, and the value he gained from passing this requirement."
If there is concern over the fact that the scout could not pass the test
that the Review board presented him, perhaps it would be better to
examine the people who signed off on the requirement(s) as their
signature attests to the fact that the scout did accomplish the
requirement according to the Boy Scout Manual.
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Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City