Scheduling the BOR
Bob Taschler (bob_taschler@PUBLICITAS-USA.COM)
Fri, 17 Oct 1997 11:32:20 -0500
I agree with Pat Meehan:
Immediate recognition is very important...
We run a BOR whenever the scout calls our Troop Advancement Chairman or his
assistant and schedules one. It could be before, during or after a
on any day that is convenient to all involved. The Troop Advancement
is a uniformed leader who only arranges BOR's and is removed from the
daily operations. He meets with the other adult leadership and parents
separately, presides at our COH and ECOH, but he plays the role in front of
the boys as if he was a presiding judge. While he takes everyone's input
each boy, he truly makes up his own mind that the boy has met the goals of
scouting with the two other adults, usually committee members, occasionally
uniformed leaders. This accomplishes two things: it sets an expectation
boy's mind that he will be held to a high standard and it allows the boy to
control the process.
A boy never "fails" a BOR, however, we sometimes tell a boy that the BOR
reserve their judgment until a later date which the boy can schedule when he
feels he is ready. The boy is told the reasons for the reservation, usually
quality of uniforming, participation in meetings, leadership, or behavior
problems. Attitude is everything and the boys know it after their Tenderfoot
Rank BOR. Very often they come out of a BOR with a "PHEW!" because they just
squeaked through. Much like an employee review in a corporation, the BOR
each boy what he has done very well and where he has been lacking. Each boy
knows where he has to improve. Of course, the pressure is more intense
Star and Life ranks than for the Tenderfoot, 2nd Class and 1st Class
is designed to be progressive.
I find that he boys really respond to it. They want and need limits and
It gives them a secure feeling that they can't get too out of control
an adult will set them straight and keep them safe. They learn that they can
achieve any goal set for them. In turn, this supports the programs goals of
confidence building, self-esteem, and self-reliance.
While our Troop's meeting and outdoor program is very active and
it's goals, I believe that our SM conference and BOR program is stronger and
provides the underpinnings for the program.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City