Mark Wright (wrightmd@ROANOKE.INFI.NET)
Sun, 9 Nov 1997 20:40:26 -0500
Hi to one and all.
This is a question which is related to our recent thread on Merit Badges
awarded when they 'perhaps' shouldn't have been. A little background...
In the _Advancement_Policies_and_Procedures_Committee_Guide_ it says (in
"Unit leaders, assistant unit leaders, relatives, or guardians may not
serve as members of a Scout's board of review." Further, it says (not
bold:) "This board is made up of at least three and not more than six
members of the (bold on) troop committee. (bold off)"
Our troop by-laws state that a Scout must notify the committee at least
one week prior to our scheduled board night (which is not a regular
committee meeting night.)
Now the problem; last month, three of our younger scouts (coming up for
Second Class) were told by the SM that they would have boards. They
showed up all spiffed up in their best class 'A' unis. Problem is...
someone forgot to tell the committee. Two committee members just
happened to be there that night, but after numerous phone calls, we were
unable to locate a third who could attend. Well, the SM decided that
another ASM would sit as the third board member. The two boys had their
boards and passed with flying colors. The committee chairman has found
out, though, and is more than a little miffed.
Ok, folks, what would you do about this problem? The CC wants to
re-board both boys. I'm not sure that this is the correct answer. I'm
also not sure that it *isn't* though. I realize that the boys shouldn't
be made to suffer because of the errors made by the Scouters, however,
what does it say to them if we *know* that a rule was violated, and do
nothing about it?? Are we, as Scouters, not also to be Trustworthy?
Should we allow a violation to go uncorrected?
I realize that this is a symptom of a greater problem (SM who thinks he
runs the *whole* show, CC who thinks *he* runs it, boys getting caught
in the middle,) but that is one which will be ironed out at a later date
- meantime, what do we do with these two boys? Inquiring minds want to
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City