Failing a Board of Review............
Greg Stewart (Greg33@AOL.COM)
Wed, 25 Jun 1997 13:05:58 -0400
I have followed this thread with interest. One of my scouts DID fail a Board
of Review......here is what happened.
I arrived at troop meeting to find that the scout committee was convening to
hold a star board of review for one of the 12-year-old scouts. I knew
nothing of this meeting. The scout was the son of my ASM, who was assigned
to the new scout patrol. He had arranged the BOR. In fact, the ASM had
conducted the scoutmaster's conference and passed the boy off on everything.
There is nothing wrong with that, except this boy was the Patrol Leader and
I felt he had not performed up to par in that duty. His attendance at troop
meeting was dismal (less than 25%), he never showed up for PLC, and missed
the troop JLT. IMO, he did not pass the leadership requirement. A sticky
situation with his dad being ASM.......a lot of potential for hurt feelings.
Anyway, I requested to speak to the BOR before they talked to the boy. I
expressed my concerns to them, including that I felt his dad was "pushing him
along", but told them the decision certainly was their's at this point.
After a long long BOR, the boy emerged and seemed to be in fine spirits. The
Board had not awarded him his Star Rank due to the leadership. The boy had
agreed that he could have done much much better in that area. They together
had set some goals to help him be a better PL and set a meeting to meet in
one month. The boy was content. The dad was FURIOUS to say the least. The
result was a meeting with the BOR, the dad and me. This went long into the
night. The board stuck by its decision, so did I, and the dad finally gave
The next month the boy showed up at all meetings, took charge of his patrol,
etc. A remarked improvement. At the next BOR (one month later) he presented
the BOR with a "leadership notebook" which was really a journal of all the
things he did as a PL during that month. It was awesome! The BOR obviously
passed him this time.
The boy went on to be an eagle scout, and a darned good one at that. I don't
ever remember him taking a leadership position for granted after that either.
So you CAN fail a BOR, in certain instances. But it must be done right. In
this instance I feel it was.
SM Troop 207, Chattaroy, WA
...........used to be a beaver..............
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