Of course a Scout can fail...
Thomas C. Petrik (EC92@AOL.COM)
Thu, 19 Jun 1997 18:11:04 -0400
Since we did discuss this at PTC in Boy Scout Advancement, yes a boy can
fail a BOR.
Realistically the SM pulls him out of the cycle at the conference and says
"you're not quite ready, try in a week or two". In fact a boy or his parents
could protest and demand the BOR be given. After all, th BOR is a neutral
party, no parents or SM's or ASM's sit on it.
And the head of the BOR can tell the boy he didn't make it. HOWEVER, we
suggest the following:
1. It is explained in detail to the boy in what way he is lacking when he is
told of this problem and also inform the SM.
2. The BOR chair should call the parents and expplain before they pick him up
or he walks home, if at all possible.
3. The chair should follow up within the week with a note detailing in what
way the Scout needed to inprove.
Just because it _is not_ a retest does not mean that a Scout gets an
automatic pass on a BOR. There are many ways the BOR can become suspicious
that theere is a problem, from the SM notifying the chair ahead of time (I've
done it once when I know the swimming requirement was not completed and again
when I know a MB card was signed off and given to mom by a counselor who had
told her the boy had to finish up one requirement with another counselor. In
both cases mom demanded the boy be reviewed), to the way a Scout hedges
aswers or doesn't remember who signed him off or how he did something.
I always took "not a retest" to mean you don't sit him down and do every knot
again. You review his book, ask about who signed what and where and when and
the circumstances. If you can't read the initials, ask who signed something.
We all saw the perfect example just a week or two ago when the Eagle
candidate admitted his getting by ranks ago, the board should've known (and
did, I believe) by the way his attitude changed and his posture shifted. A
BOR needs to be alert and on the ball with questions ready ahead of time so
they can watch the Scout, not look at notes the entire interview.
Just what they taught us. By the way, 15 mins is a good time to look at per
review if its not an Eagle (which I can't recall, but I'd say 30 mins would
do most of those), any longer and you can suspect there's re-testing going
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City