Re: BOR Timeframe Question
Wilbert E. Beran (wberan@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Sat, 22 Nov 1997 15:17:26 -0500
A Scout should not have to wait a lengthy period of time for a BOR.
In fact, he should have a reasonable expectation of having one shortly
after his Scoutmaster Conference. BOR's should not be scheduled when
time permits, but time should be made available for BOR's, period.
Based on your description, it sounds like the Advancement Chair either
doesn't know his job or tries to do what's convenient for himself.
Neither situation is acceptable and needs to be changed.
You haven't explained how the other adult leaders are viewing this
situation. Are they aware of it and trying to get the person to
change or do they share the same attitude as the Advancement Chair?
If it's the former, do what you can do to help change the situation.
If it's the latter, well, you don't have many options short of
transferring to another troop.
BTW, I don't consider it a reasonable request for a Scout to have his
Scoutmaster Conference and then ask to have a BOR that same night
unless he has made prior arrangements for that to happen.
Kathy Coates wrote:
> I have a question about how long a Scout should have to wait for a board of
> In our troop, it is customary for the boy to be responsible for asking for a
> BOR from the advancement chairman.
> However, if there is not time or unless the boy asks several times, no BOR is
> scheduled (we do them usually at troop meetings). I think that once a boy
> approaches the advancement chairman and requests a BOR it is up to that
> person to schedule it. I don't think the boys should have to keep asking.
> They also have to ask repeatedly for Scoutmaster Conferences. Is this
> right? Or is it fair?
> Let's say Johnny asks for a BOR tonight. No time. Ask again. Now it's next
> week's meeting and before Johnny can approach the advancement chairman, Jason
> asks for a BOR. There is "time" tonight, so he is immediately ushered into a
> BOR and little Johnny is still waiting. Is this fair? Unfortunately, this
> happens a lot in our troop. Should I be concerned?
> Any input on this is appreciated.
> YIS Kathy Coates, ASM Troop 28, Santa Ana, CA
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