Mark Wright (wrightmd@ROANOKE.INFI.NET)
Fri, 15 Aug 1997 10:29:14 -0400
Ted Langdon wrote:
> My question is: For what reason, (other than lack of merit badges, skill
> reqt's) would you dissaprove a scouts advancement a rank level. This pertains
> to using the SM conference, o BoR its self as a way of blocking the rank.
> (an example to make it clearer: a scout is coming up fo 1st class, he has
> done all of the reqts, but has done X wrong. What would this X need to be for
> you to deny the rank?)
IMHO, the short answer is, I cannot think of anything which would cause
me to *block* his advancement.
Before I have to get out the sun block and fire hoses, let me clarify...
*Assuming* that he had met all of the clearly defined requirements (time
in service, checked off all of the stuff in the book, etc.) and was
coming for SM conference, I would not choose that time to correct
something which should have been corrected before. I suppose that if he
had robbed a convenience store on the way to the SM conference and I
didn't find out about it until the police showed up while I was talking
to him, I might say "Gee, Bobby, do you really think that demonstrates
good Scout Spirit?"
I do not think that that sort of thing happens that often, though.
Ususally, a boy who has a problem presents some sort of pattern which
we, as the adult leaders need to recognize and attempt to correct. If
he is behaving in a manner which is not 'Scout-like,' we need to tell
him *before* the conference. If we do not, then we are doing him, and
everyone else in the organization a disservice.
We can not expect a 9, 10 or 11 year old boy to know what we expect of
him, unless we tell him. We must *define* our expectations, and then
demand that the boys abide by them... All the time.
CC Pack 584
ASM Troop 136
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