Re: advancement policy question?
Fred Rogers (rogersfn@US.IBM.COM)
Mon, 25 Aug 1997 08:42:17 -0400
Mike Walton wrote:
> The father/Scoutmaster still CANNOT participate in the Eagle Board of
> Review. While others here will say otherwise with good reasoning, I do not
> even advocate having the father/Scoutmaster anywhere near the Eagle Board of
> Review at all. If anything, Dad should be down the hall and around the
> corner from the proceedings to avoid any hint of "favoritism".
I agree with this whole-heartedly. When my son had his Eagle Board of Review,
it happened that I was serving
as both Scoutmaster and District Advancement Chairman. BUT, my position as
father took precedence. For
that BoR, I was "down the hall" with Paul's mother, anxiously awaiting the
outcome. While I was SM, all of Paul's
SM Conferences were conducting by an ASM. We used the same one all through his
career to provide the
important continuity to the process. As much as I enjoyed working with Paul, I
think it was excellent for him to
have that kind of contact with another adult.
I would also add that, while I was in the dual role of SM and Advancement
Chairman, I never sat on a BoR for
a scout from our troop. I always arranged for someone else to represent the
district on those BoRs. Even today
when I am no longer SM, I generally have someone else sit on the BoR for scouts
that I served as SM. I don't
feel there is a "conflict of interest" but someone else may and I choose to
avoid even the appearance of it.
Proud father of an Eagle Scout
Baden-Powell Council Advancement Chairman
former Scoutmaster of Troop 30
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