Re: Policy Question re: Delaying Advancement
Jeff L. Glaze (jglaze@SUBASIC.SCIATL.COM)
Tue, 22 Jul 1997 17:53:03 -0400
At 04:32 PM 7/22/97 -0400, Joseph Alessi wrote:
>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".
Is not the SM is the arbiter of what "serve actively" means.
>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 so
>poorly that you want to hold up his advancement, you must remove him before
>the time period is up.
The requirement does say "serve actively X months". So the question
may be, "What constitutes active service in a leadership position?" I agree
with those who state that active service is a subjective measurement open
to interpretation by the PLC and SM. If the persons responsible for signing
off that requirement in the handbook can show that the individual has not
served actively for the specified period of time, then just holding the
the specified period of time does not meet the requirement..... and saying
that, does not add to the requirements. While it may be ideal to remove a
scout from a leadership position for "not actively serving", that ideal may
not always be met, therefore, with prior expectations defined, it is quite
within the bounds of the "Advancement Policies and Procedure" as I read
them, to withhold approval of that requirement if the SM does not feel the
scout has met his basic obligation to "serve actively". If council or
wants to overturn such a decision on appeal.... so be it. But I will never
to a leader in my District that holding the title for the specifed period
without active service, automatically meets the requirement.
Jeff L. Glaze, Vice-Chairman
Northeast District Advancement Committee
Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
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