Re: Failing a Board of Review............
Mark Wright (mdwright@GLOBALFRONTIERS.COM)
Fri, 27 Jun 1997 01:12:20 -0400
Couple of <sort of> related threads here...
Greg Stewart wrote:
> 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.
> So you CAN fail a BOR, in certain instances. But it must be done right. In
> this instance I feel it was.
And Stephen White said:
> I recently had a SM approach me saying that our council office said he could
> not be a merit badge counselor for his son. His son is fast approaching Eagle
> and has asked repeatedly for a Citz in World counselor to meet with him.
> After several appointments and canx, the father gets mad and signs himself up
> as the Citz in World counselor. only to be told he can't. This gets him
> worried as he in a counselor for othe badges of which his son has earned. I
> told him not to worry and recommended that he stop.
> Question: was I right to recommend that the son go to another counselor. I
> don't think it is wrong. Will BSA deny the MBS that his father signed off? I
> don't think they can
In our Troop, we try to avoid having ASMs sign off Scoutmaster
conferences altogether. It happens sometimes, but *only* if the SM
knows in advance, and then only if we are not signing off our own son.
I realize that there is nothing inherently wrong with me signing my
son's SM conference but if I don't, than we avoid Greg's problem
A second point from Greg's post is a little concerning - there is no
requirement to perform a leadership postion *well*, just to perform
it... Had regular counseling been going on, perhaps the young man would
have straightened up prior to the 'Board.' If he hadn't, then perhaps
he could have been removed from the leadership slot before his six
months were up.
As to Steve's comments, again, we avoid this problem. There is nothing
wrong with me being my son's MB counsellor, even for required MBs. But
we don't (in our Troop) allow it. We've got *lots* of ASMs, and quite a
few other folks who are interested in the Troop, so we have the luxury
of not encountering this problem. As to the non-required MBs, yes, I'll
sign my son off (after he gets his card from the SM.)
CC Pack 584
ASM Troop 136
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