Overturned Board of Review???
Tue, 18 Nov 1997 21:56:08 -0400
I=B9m looking for some guidance on a sticky problem and would =
appreciate all the help I can get.
Eight weeks after I sent an approved Eagle Scout Rank Application to =
council, I received a copy of a letter from the Council Advancement =
Committee Chairman stating that =B3It has been brought to the =
attention of the (Council) Advancement Committee that the vote of =
your Eagle Board of Review was not unanimous in favor of recommending =
you for the rank of Eagle. Admitting that there may have been some =
confusion about this decision, the Advancement Committee discussed =
the situation at the meeting ... and agreed to support the decision =
made by the Board of Review.=B2 The letter went on to state the =
=B3major area of deficiency appears to be in the requirement of =
demonstrating Scout Spirit during the time you have been a Life =
At the Scout=B9s Board of Review, all members of the Board including =
the District Advancement Chairman shook his hand and congratulated =
him for passing his Board. To make a long story short, this Scout =
transferred to my Troop after his former Scoutmaster told him that he =
would never make Eagle in her Troop. She also told me this and =
further stated that he might make it in my Troop. It seems as if she =
has gotten involved and is trying to have this Scout=B9s Eagle =
rejected at the council level after the fact. This Scout has been =
been active in his new Troop for over six months and has met his =
requirements for Eagle.
According the the BSA Advancement Policies and Procedures book, the =
set of circumstances for an appeal is very specific and does not =
cover reversal of an approved Board of Review. Are there any =
circumstances where the Council Advancement Committee is authorized =
to override a properly convened Unit Board of Review in which the =
District Advancement Chairman participated and the Scout is =
recommended for advancement to the Rank of Eagle Scout? Is it =
possible for a member of the Board of Review to change his vote after =
he has voted to approve the Scout, shook his hand, and signed his =
paperwork? All this seems highly irregular to me and I can find =
nothing in the book to authorize such actions.
I have a meeting set up for this coming Sunday with the Council =
Advancement Committee, members of the Board of Review, the Scout, and =
his parents to discuss this matter. Any suggestions that you have =
will be appreciated.
In addition, if we are not able to resolve this with the Council =
Advancement Committee, how do we get someone from regional or =
national involved in this matter to insure that proper BSA policies =
and procedures are followed. My committee and I feel very strongly =
that an appeal only serves to validate the actions of the wrongful =
Council Advancement Committee.
Mike Kemp, email@example.com
Was an EAGLE (NE-V-119) - Always an EAGLE (Class of 63)
Proud father of an EAGLE (Class of 97)
SM, Jamboree Troop 231
SM, Troop 25, Huntingdon, PA
Roundtable Commissioner, Oneida District, Juniata Valley Council # 497
Vigil member, Monaken Lodge 103
Plus a couple of other things that I only remember when I forget to =
do something and get reminded!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City