Re: Can a boy fail a Board of Review?
Scott Drown (scottdd@HALCYON.COM)
Thu, 19 Jun 1997 06:19:08 -0700
Mark Wright wrote:
> I missed your point here, Scott. Did you prevent them from going to
>the board (by not signing off the Scoutmaster Conference?) Or did you
>sign off the conference and send them to the board *knowing* that they
>had not met the requriements and then have the board fail them? If it
>was the first, then I think that you were exactly correct. We (those
>who sign the books) are the quality control. If the boy has performed
>a requirement to our standards and we sign him off, we are telling the
>board that as of this date, Johnny could tie a square knot. It is not
>up to them to second-guess us. If he cannot tie the knot, though, we
>should not send him up. I like your method of asking the boy what he
>is lacking in.
Actually - I did not sign him off for the Scoutmaster Conference and he did
not advance to the Board. The ball is in his court now. Strangely enough
- while his dad is still angry the Scout himself is better and has chosen
to go on the outing this weekend despite his father pulling out at the last
I agree that the Scout should never be signed off for a requirement knowing
that he did not do it. I think where the disagreement comes in more often
is in the interpretation of what is Scout Spirit and does the Scout live up
to the Scout Oath and Law. In this case what I was saying was not that he
had not fulfilled the requirements such as first aid or tying knots. What
I was saying is that, in my opnion, he did not fulfill the requirments of
Scout Spirit - despite the fact that it had been signed off by a close
friend of his fathers who is also the COR. The person that said that
Committee Members sit on the Board to measure the program itself is correct
- and sometimes I think it is OK to forward it to the Board for their
Review in thses Scout Spirit instances.
We have had many more disagreements in our troop over these Scout Spirit
guestions than we have ever had over whether or not a Scout has shown that
he can tie a knot.
SM Troop 39, Maltby
Mt. Baker Council, Everett Wa.
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