Re: Policy Question re: Delaying Advancement
GG Jenner (sdj@WHY.NET)
Tue, 22 Jul 1997 00:08:47 -0500
>If a SM cannot hold up advancement for poor Scout Spirit, then why
>even have it as one of the requirements? I try to take full advantage
>of that requirement. However, I feel it is important to inform the
>boys of my expectations early. It is not fair to wait until the Scoutmaster
>Conference and the "surprise" them with a delay. If I see a problem,
>I let them know then that it may impact their advancement. At each
>Scoutmaster Conference I should lay out the expectations for the next
>rank in terms of behavior and Scout spirit. <snip>
Do we also hold up advancement "because you are not old enough to be
approaching Life or Eagle rank"?
If you have a boy who "lives" for Scouting
- wears uniform or scout t-shirt to school every day
(if mom doesn't make him change)
- recruits people from school to be MB counselors
- volunteers to help at school, for Girl Scout events, for service
projects, anywhere he thinks he might be useful!
- never misses a meeting or campout (makes own arangements to get there)
- prefered reading materials are scout handbook, fieldbook, Boys Life,
MB books, requirements book, Scouting Magazine, etc.
BUT at present rate will ONLY BE 12 when he completes requirements for
Our district HAD a policy of not accepting anyone under age 14 for Eagle
Candidate (until BSA overruled them). Now SM says that he will not allow a
13 year old to become Eagle as they would lack the maturity and camping
experience required to be an Eagle.
Am throwing this out to the list for comments, etc.
| Gladys "Ginger" Jenner, ASM Troop 502, Longhorn Council |
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