Re: Requirement Approval
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Tue, 5 Aug 1997 11:18:31 -0400
Rick L. Covington wrote:
> My first question for the group is;
> It is the current practice of the troop to have the Patrol Leader
> sign off the requirements in the scout's handbook. What do other
> troops do?
> I have always practiced that the adult advisor (ASM) of the patrol
> signed off the requirements.
> appreciate your comments,
> Rick Covington, ASM T574
> Circle Ten Council
> Dallas, Texas
We encourage the Adult Patrol Advisors to sign off but we also let the
Troop Guides and other Senior Scouts do this. We don't let the Patrol
Leaders of "New Scout Patrols" sign off on advancment.
Actually, what we do is prepare a file folder for each new Scout when he
enters the troop. The boy's name is written on the edge of the file.
On the left side, we staple a written copy of the joining requirements
and the requirments for Tederfoot, Second Class and First Class (in
total, four sheets of paper). On the right side of the folder, we
staple a sheet used to record the dates when each requirment is
completed (this sheet is a copy of a blank "Individual History" report
The folders are available during troop meetings and camping trips for
adults and Senior Scouts to record and sign off on advancment
requirements as they are completed. I bring the files home after each
troop meeting or campout and post completed items to Troopmaster.
The adult advisors are asked to post the information to the Scout
Handbook from time to time so that the handbook is current by the time
the boy is ready to advance.
This method works well for us as it does the following:
1. Makes it much easier to work with a boy when he forgets to bring his
handbook to a troop meeting or campout.
2. Gives us a written "back up" in case the boy loses his handbook.
3. Makes it easier for the SM (me) and the New Scout Advancment Chairman
to keep up with what the boys need to be doing since their advancement
records are updated each week. It's much easier to look through a group
of file folders than to wade through several Scout handbooks.
4. Since the advancment folder and Troopmaster is always updated, it
gives me the ability to provide a quick answer when a parent calls and
wants to know why his/her son is not advancing.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
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