Re: new by-laws
Michael A. Golrick (mgolrick@SCLC.ORG)
Wed, 1 Apr 1998 16:08:41 -0500
Lynn Brown <tupperbabe@HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
>were suggested by our Advancement Chair for addition into our by-laws.
>* All Scouts must schedule their Board of Review at least two weeks in
>advance of the desired date.
This *MAY* seem reasonable, but I have a problem with setting these kinds
of "hurdles" in front of the boys. I spent several years as Advancement
Chair and am now the Committee Chair. Advancement is a tough job. I and my
2 successors have been willing to do BORs at any time. There is, however a
deadline for submitting advancement to receive it at a Court of Honor. That
rule is based on the need to acquire the patch/award and to have the person
listed in the program.
Now, we have always (my predecessor included) required THE BOY to ask for
the Board of Review (no parents, please!). We have asked for advance notice
but never required it. Personally, I do not like this rule.
>* The Scout s Boy Scout Handbook must be turned into the Advancement
>Chairman at least one week prior to the scheduled Board of Review.
As Advancement Chair, I always asked to see the book before granting any
request. Taking it from a boy and keeping it is NOT a responsiblity I would
want. What happens if the Advancement Chair looses it? I would not allow
this. I would not let my boys have someone take their book out of their
>* Specific individuals cannot be requested to sit on the Board of Review
>by either the Scout or other adults.
Could be an ok rule, but if taken to its full logical extreme, how does the
Advancement Chair (presumably and adult) get a BOR assembled. According to
this rule, he can't ask any specific adults. Personally, I have never had a
problem with 'other' adults who have asked to sit on specific BORs. Our
boys know better than to ask!
>* Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters cannot sign off or perform the
>Scoutmaster s conference for their own child.
Makes sense. (Is it in National's guidelines??)
>* 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.,
The goal, I would guess, it to have accurate data to enter into a computer
database. I know that TroopMaster requires this format. But as I say below,
is this bylaw material?
>* All Boy Scouts will be required to recite the Boy Scout Oath and
>Promise at the beginning of each Board of Review. Failure to correctly
>recite either of these will terminate the Board of Review. A future
>Board of Review will be scheduled for the Scout.
Two words here: ADDED REQUIREMENT If anyone challenges you, you are in trouble.
>* 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
>is to prevent any hard feelings or misunderstandings in the future.
You are going to put this kind of wording in Bylaws??????
This whole "setting the rules in bylaws" strikes me as bizarre. Do
advancement guidelines if you must, but make that paper more of explanation
of the process and the reasons for certain rules.
Michael A. Golrick email@example.com
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