Re: Eagle BOR Appearance
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Mon, 24 Nov 1997 13:22:14 -0600
On Mon, 24 Nov 1997 12:12:26 -0600 Linda Heinz said:
>A question has been asked of our District Committee: What should happen if
>a Scout shows up for his Eagle Board of Review and his uniform does not meet
>the expectations of the Review Board -- such as baggy pants, no merit badge
>sash, wrinkles in the shirt or some other problem. Can he be asked to
>return with his shirt ironed, etc.? Should there be written requirements?
>Should the Advancement Chair counsel the Scout before the Board? Should
>Scoutmaster's be given written requirements and then he/she discuss them
>with the Scout? Can written requirements for "dress" be made a part of the
>Board of Review?
I'm sure you have already gotten, or soon will get, the bit of "no more, no
less." You can't add any requirements. On the other hand, there are several
probably should be some "suggestions" for scouts meeting a BOR. I think
that the scoutmaster ought to review with the scout (perhaps as part of his
SM conference) what he needs to be prepared for when he meets this special
board, i.e., proper uniform, kinds of questions he might be asked, etc. If
I were presenting the scout to the board (as a SM would), I would not present
him if his appearance might keep him from passing. I'd see what I could do
to help him get ready, even suggesting that the board be delayed until he
had time to launder his uniform, get his sash, etc.
But, if the SM presents the scout, I'll judge him on the requirements, not
just on how he looks. However, to me, his appearance is a reflection of
his scout spirit and I would consider it in the overall mix. It would
definitely be a topic of discussion.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City