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Roman J. Smith (roman.j.smith.13@ND.EDU)
Fri, 22 Aug 1997 06:50:11 -0500
>The SM gave him the conference, and then signed off on it that night. He
>was then sent to the BOR, which was made up of 3 men, 2 of them were
>ASM's. I thought the committee members were supposed to do this job?
>Anyway, they turned him down on scout spirit, knowing that he had been
>turned down by the SM 3 times already on this issue.
It is a shame that such things have to happen. I hope the scout can rise
above the past problems in the future.
If the SM has signed off on scout spirit, the boy has met the requirements.
I know that this can be a sticking point, as we have had this discussion in
our troop. I also know that in small troops, an ASM at times sits on BORs,
as I do at time to. (This is an example of why this should be avoided when
possible.) Sometimes is easier to see the problems than the good that is
done by a scout. An experienced SM can see the progress that a scout is
making, an the effort that is being put in. This also is discussed in the
When I sit on a BOR, and I have a question about Scout Spirit, I ask the boy
to give examples how he is living the Oath an Law and displaying Scout Spirit.
Talk to the SM, and if he thinks that the boy showed Scout Spirit, have the
SM coach the boy on presenting himself at a BOR. The SM should also have
gone to the members of the BOR and argued on behalf of the boy, as he had
signed him off.
It is not easy for the SM and the ASMs to all be on the same page. If I was
the SM, I would be quite ticked at the ASM and try to deal with that
situation, and find out what we are missing as a team.
Roman J. Smith
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