Re: Uniforms on Board of Review members?
Thomas W. Strong Jr. (strong@DEMENTIA.ORG)
Tue, 2 Dec 1997 10:28:14 -0500
On Tue, 2 Dec 1997, CHUCK BRAMLET wrote:
> At issue is a proposed requirement that the members of the Troop
> committee who are conducting a BOR be in uniform. While I am a
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> Also, BsOR are generally conducted the night of the Committee meeting,
> which many of us must go to directly, or almost directly from work.
> (Esp. with overtime schedules that leave little time for other
> things. The CC came directly from work, and the cup of coffee by his
> chair was referred to as "supper" at least 3 times. ;) )
> Further, while I realize that there _is_ a leader's badge for "Troop
> Committee Member", as well as CC and COR, I'm not convinced that
> having the BOR members in uniform is "that big a deal" in this
> situation. Especially when one considers that the EBOR members are
> not even required to be registered Scouters, just community leaders.
While that may be correct for an Eagle Scout BOR, for other ranks the
board is composed of 3-6 members of the troop committee. There are no
"outside" members on the other boards. According to the advancement
book, everyone on a BOR is registered as either a Member of the Committee
or as the Committee Chairman, so everyone does have a uniformed
position. (all of this changes for an Eagle Scout, but that's not what
we're discussing here)
I've been to several scout functions coming straight from another event
where the first thing I did upon arriving was to duck into the rest room
and change into my uniform. It only takes a couple of minutes, and there
are very few jobs that are so restrictive that you can't carry a uniform
> Last, doesn't requiring the BOR to be uniformed subtly ally them (in
> the Scout's mind) with the Scoutmaster Corps who are, in theory at
> least, the ones actually being reviewed here? That would make the
> boy less likely to speak up if he had a problem with the adult
> leaders, at least IMO.
Part of the review is of the way that the unit is run, but as for linking
the committee to the Scoutmaster Corps just because they wear the same
uniform, isn't the rest of the troop (including the boy being reviewed)
also wearing the same uniform? I would think that the uniform would do
more to reinforce that the members of the board are actually part of the
troop than to make them seem to be some separate elite group.
If the boy attending the review is expected to be in uniform, as is the
SM and assistants (to set the proper example, etc.) shouldn't the rest of
the adult leaders also set the same example?
Thomas W. Strong Jr. email@example.com
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