Re: Advancement Denied
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Fri, 15 Aug 1997 14:28:19 -0500
The only reason I would deny advancement is if it was determined that
a requirement had not been completed. I do this by asking scout about
what he did to pass a requirement, where he did it or what he learned
from it. If he says he didn't do it, I try to help him remember when he
might have done it without realizing it. But, when I ask which meal he
enjoyed cooking the most and he says "Breakfast 'cause that's the only
one I cooked," and the discussion doesn't lead to the fact that he did
cook the other meals required, I would deny the advancement. I would point
out to the scout that it appeared that he had not actually met this
requirement. He might want to check with the person who signed it off and
then complete whatever needed to be done before he came back to the board.
I never ask the scout to demonstrate the skill. And, I never accuse the
scout of not doing the work. But, I do point out that there is some
inconsistency between what he remembers and what is recorded. I leave it
up to him to resolve the problem.
BTW, if one individual seems to be responsible for signing off on a number
of apparently unmet requirements, I would discuss this with the individual
and help him/her realize that they are doing a disservice to the scout by
giving credit for work that has not been done.
Does this happen often. No, but it does happen from time to time. And,
everytime it has happened, we have seen a marked improvement in performance
(at least for a few months).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City