Re: Re: Leadership qualifications for Life and Eagle
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Wed, 1 Oct 1997 06:57:18 MDT
Since the list went thru this a few months back, I don't want to get
into another long debate that goes nowhere, so I'll just briefly state
why I think the BSA policy is right.
The boy deserves to know whether he is doing what needs to be done to
meet his advancement requirements. It isn't fair to get to the end of
the term, and then tell the boy it doesn't count because he didn't
live up to your standards (or whatever standards).
It is the responsibility of the troop leadership to make sure that all
the positions are getting used. If this is happening, then all of the
boys will be either pulling their weight or being replaced (since you
need the work done). If it isn't happening, so that people don't have
to do the work of their position, then it is the fault of the whole
troop leadership rather than the individual.
Yes there are problems with cases where the boy held 6 different
positions for a month each before being removed, but they are
unlikely. They would also be prime candidates for examination under
scout spirit (are they trustworthy?). However, the other way holds at
least as many problems (who gets to determine whether credit was
earned, what happens when troop politics interferes, etc.). There is
no perfect solution, but I think National's solution is the best one
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City