Re: Rank Requirement Approvals
Russ Jones (CSRTJ@TTUHSC.EDU)
Thu, 21 Aug 1997 23:50:39 -0500
At 02:37 PM 8/20/97 -0500, Rick Covington wrote:
> What if the Scoutmaster had a group of 'older expert scouts' perform
> the rank review process for him during the Scoutmaster's Conference.
> They ask the test questions and ask for demonstrations of various
> scout skills for the rank. Once the group is satisfied that the
> candidate is qualified, the scout is then ready to complete the rest
> of the Scoutmaster's Conference.
> The issue at hand is not should a scout be directly tested on scout
> skills for a rank requirement but when?
Interesting idea, Rick, but I think it would be cumbersome, at best, and too
much of a last-minute thing.
I subscribe to a variation of what you denoted as the second school of
thought, i.e., that the Scoutmaster has the responsibility to verify that
the Scout knows his stuff prior to going before a board of review; however,
I think it preferable to do so through the ongoing process of a
well-designed program that approaches all phases of advancement (i.e., skill
development, character development, counseling, etc.) as more of a
continuous, multi-dimensional process than as a series of disjointed finite
events. The program should be designed not only to provide the initial
instruction, but also to provide numerous opportunities for the Scout to
actually practice using what he has been taught over and over again. That
way, one can formally teach the skill--and perhaps actually sign it off at
that time--and yet still have many subsequent opportunities to reinforce the
learning and provide any necessary remediation in a less formal setting than
the initial training. If almost every activity includes a certain amount of
both formal and informal teaching/testing/reviewing (i.e., through the use
of interpatrol competitions, having the Scout who needs reinforcement
attempt to teach someone else, etc.), and if the Scoutmaster has his finger
on the pulse of the program as he should, most of the time he will have a
pretty good feel for the capabilities of each Scout by the time the need for
a formal Scoutmaster conference comes around. Then, at that time, he can
practice management by exception in whatever areas may still need a little
verification, which should by then be few in number.
As I see it, if the program is done right, then what we've come to think of
as "the Scoutmaster conference" should simply be a slightly more formal
reiteration of a review process that's been going on all along, rather than
some sort of "final exam" prior to the board of review.
Yours in Scouting,
Russ Jones <email@example.com>
Scoutmaster, Troop 575 & National Jamboree Troop 1636
South Plains Council, Lubbock, Texas
Eagle Scout, class of 1965
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