Re: Need insight into new by-laws
Len Christiansen (lrchristiansen@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Wed, 1 Apr 1998 10:20:22 -0600
Lynn Brown wrote:
> * All Scouts must schedule their Board of Review at least two weeks in
> advance of the desired date.
I have mixed feelings about this one. It can help teach a Scout
planning, but it also seems to be an unnecessary delay in advancement.
We have regularly scheduled monthly BORs on the night of our Committee
meeting, but we also try to accommodate BORs the week following the
completion of all other requirements for a rank. Sometimes it can't be
done, but very seldom is it a problem. I know, we we're all busy, but a
hard-and-fast rule suggests to me that the Committee is not really
committed to the Scouting Program.
> * The Scout s Boy Scout Handbook must be turned into the Advancement
> Chairman at least one week prior to the scheduled Board of Review.
This suggests sloppy record keeping by the troop advancement chairman.
It should take no more than two or three minutes to check the troop
records and compare them to the Scout's Handbook if the records are
> * Specific individuals cannot be requested to sit on the Board of Review
> by either the Scout or other adults.
Sounds OK to me, except for the Eagle rank. The Scout should be able to
request one or two specific people to sit on his Eagle BOR. These would
be in addition to those selected by the troop, district, or council.
> * Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters cannot sign off or perform the
> Scoutmaster s conference for their own child.
> * 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.,
> * 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.
A Scout should be able to recite the Scout Oath and Law. However, the
BOR should should allow for some mistakes under the circumstance of a
BOR. Most of the time the Oath and Law are said in a group situation and
you have the security of the group to correct mistakes. I would favor a
hard-and-fast application of this requirement only if a solo singing or
recitation of the National Anthem without error is required of each
member of the BOR, also! ;) Most of us need the support of the crowd. :)
> * 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.
> (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.0
I probably watch too much TV, but "in-depth questioning" brings up a
mental picture of the Scout being stretched out on a rack with the
advancement chairman and BOR members applying all their might to the
levers to force a proper confession of faith! ;) Perhaps even an
occasional burning at the stake to prove or disprove the Scout's
confession and to let the rest of the troop know that we mean business!
The position paper from National already exists in the Scout Oath and
Law. IMHO it would be better to publish the questions that you are going
to ask pertaining to this issue at each rank.
Len Christiansen email@example.com
SA Troop 292, Mobile, AL ...I used to be an eagle (SR-101)!
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