Re: Policy Question re: Delaying Advancement
Joseph Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Tue, 22 Jul 1997 16:32:59 -0400
This area is one where it seems that every scouter has his own
interpretation. We should sit down and really read the requirements agai=
Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law=
in your everyday life.
Note that this doesn't say "in the troop" or "on campouts". Note that it=
doesn't say "show good leadership". This requirement was changed to the
current wording in the last series of changes to take the focus off the
troop and put it squarely on the aims of scouting - building character an=
How do you judge this? IMHO, we need to ask the scout! He should be abl=
to tell you how he actually "lives the law". If you want to hold him bac=
because of his actions in the troop, ask him if he acts the same way
outside of scouts. Ask him if he himself thinks that he has lived the Oa=
and law in everyday life.
Also, Paul Brown is 100% correct when he stated that there is no
"performance" requirement for the leadership requirement.
While a ________ Scout, serve actively X months in one or more troop
positions of responsibility.
It does not say "serve well" or "to the SM's satisfaction". What should
happen is that there should be specific standards set ahead of time, with=
the scout receiving regular feedback on his performance. If he is doing =
poorly that you want to hold up his advancement, you must remove him befo=
the time period is up.
One final note: The scout spirit requirement is exactly the same for all=
ranks, and the leadership requirement is exactly the same for Star, Life,=
and Eagle. They do not get progressively harder! We should not be
requiring more "scout spirit" for an Eagle than we do for Star. It's wro=
to let a boy sail through all ranks up until Eagle and then run him into =
Joseph A. Alessi in Ozwin 2.12.2
District Advancement Chair
ASM Troop 313 and Scoutmaster, Jamboree Troop 530
Advisor to the Treasurer, Unami Lodge
I used to be an Owl
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