Re: Need insight into new by-laws
Jeff L. Glaze (jglaze@SUBASIC.SCIATL.COM)
Wed, 1 Apr 1998 14:27:46 -0500
At 10:17 AM 4/1/98 -0500, Strommen, Randy wrote:
>I have a much more relaxed
>attitude about many of these issues. I am a procrastinator by nature,
>so if a boy finishes a merit badge before I go to the Scout Office, I'll
>pick it up for him for the next Court of Honor. I never prepare the
>program until 3 hours before the Court anyway.
I have served as a Troop Advancement chairman for over 12 years,
served on the District and Council Advancment Committee for a total
of 4 years, and am currently serving as Co-Chairman for our District
Advancment Committee. So, I'll ad my input to those you have
Most Troops with which I have com in contact award the cloth badge
(recoognizing the achievment) as soon as possible after it have been
earned, usually the next meeting. The certificate is typically presented
at Court of Honor. BSA training literature encourages swift recognition,
so avoid procrastination.
Regularly scheduled Boards of Review are a good idea. But if you have
the adult resources, doing them as needed is a big plus.
>>* The Scout s Boy Scout Handbook must be turned into the Advancement
>>at least one week prior to the scheduled Board of Review.
>Totally disagree with this one. The Advancement Chairman should have
>all the records necessary and up to date. (i.e. Merit Badges, service
>hours.) This is the BOY's record. He should never give it away. (see
>the note below).
One Troop I served in asked the Boys to turn in their handbook at each
and the handbook was reconciled with Troop records, thus keeping the Scout's
handbook and the Troop records up to date.... Two weeks seems a little
>* Specific individuals cannot be requested to sit on the Board of Review
>>by either the Scout or other adults.
The Troop Committee, via its Advancment Chairman organize and conduct
the Board of Review. Your stated policy might simply detail the preferred
composition of the Board of Review, and give some discretion to the
>* Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters cannot sign off or perform the
>>Scoutmaster s conference for their own child.
This is a good rule of thumb that I have seem most Troops utilize over the
>ASMs don't do SM conferences. That is the sole domain of the SM. It is
>his primary job. And he does it for his own boy. He is the SM.
The Scoutmaster's Conference is not the "sole domain" of the Scoutmaster.
Read the BSA advancment guidelines ..... " In large Troops, Scoutmasters
occaisionally assign this responsibility to Assistant Scoutmasters or members
of the troop Committee; but this is unfortunate, because most Scoutmasters
feel that this is truly the opportunity to get to know the Scout and help him
chart his course in life."
>>* All dates and initials in the Boy Scout Handbook must be clearly legible
>>and complete. Dates must include the month, day, and year (i.e., MM/DD/YY).
An excellent goal, but should not be a hindereance to advancement. Troop
records and the Scout's handbook can be reconciled as time permits and
subject to the dedication of your troop advancment committee.
>>* All Boy Scouts will be required to recite the Boy Scout Oath and
>>the beginning of each Board of Review. Failure to correctly recite
>>these will terminate the Board of Review. A future Board of Review will be
>>scheduled for the Scout.
Terminate and fail are probably poor choice of words to describe this. How
about "reschedule" to give the Scout an opportunity to compose himself and
refresh his memory.
Codifying your policy on this is restrictive for the board. You may have
a nervous young man who has some difficulty. Allow your board some leeway
to determine if the Scout knows and understand the ideals of Scouting.
>* When or if we get an actual position paper from the BSA on God and the
>>Scout, this paper will be provided to all parents and new parents. This
>>prevent any hard feelings or misunderstandings in the future. (This last one
>>is in reference to declining an Advancement on the grouds that the boy
>confessed, after in-depth questioning, that he did not believe in God.)
I responded to this earlier with the BSA "Reaffirmation" on duty to
Bylaws are a good idea, but most of this is already in the BSA literature.
Perhaps if you buy a Troop Library copy of the Advancement Guidelines
and defer to it.... you'll be Keeping It Simple S..... you know KISS.
Jeff L. Glaze, Vice-Chairman
Northeast District Advancement Committee
Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
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