Re: Can a boy fail a Board of Review?
Joseph Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Wed, 18 Jun 1997 10:01:05 -0400
Win Quakenbush writes:
>> We ended up having a very long committee meeting, where we fell into t=
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. <<
Group 2 is correct, according to National policy.
The point to remember is that advancement is only one of the methods of
scouting, and not one of it's aims.
The troop does need to look at how it is signing off on requirements. =
the program should be designed so that the scout is doing the things
for rank advancement as part of the normal program. He should know how t=
a square knot because he does it often on campouts, for example.
The BOR can decline to advance a boy, but not for the reasons mentioned. =
if the time in rank requirements haven't be met properly.
Where it gets sticky is if, in the BOR, the scout admits that he didn't
the requirement in the first place. For example, if he said that the
take the second class hike, what should be done? In this case, I would
think that the
BOR should not advance the boy until the requirement was met, working wit=
leadership to get it done as soon as possible.
Joseph A. Alessi in Ozwin 2.12.2
District Advancement Chair
ASM Troop 313 and Scoutmaster, Jamboree Troop 530
I used to be an Owl
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City