Re: Advancement questions
Jim Peterson (kupete@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU)
Wed, 10 Jun 1998 08:32:41 +0100
Tim, you wrote:
I say this is nonesense, and all he needs to do is keep in touch
>with me and I'll be happy with the signoffs he gets while away.
Absolutely! Why is this any different than him going to any other BSA
camp/activity that is not necessarily in your council. You would still
count the work done, right?
I am leaning
>toward asking his parents to register with the troop in order to avoid any
>legal (?) issues, however I know some of your don't favor even parental
>signoff when the Scout is a son of a regular leader - outside a regular scout
This one's a little different. First, you're right to suggest that parents
should not sign off on any advancement work their son has done. We
certainly don't allow that. The only exception is if one of our leaders is
offering a group merit badge class in, say, Climbing MB. We allow the
leader to sign off with the CC or SM's initials. And I don't think I'd be
in favor of having the parents register as leaders simply to get around
this point. Frankly, it kinda cheapens the dedication and committment that
you received when the real leaders registered. I'd have to think twice
about that one. In addition, if the scout is not going to be around, how
is that a whole bunch different than a scout who chooses to play sports on
a meeting night or activity weekend instead of taking advantage of the
advancement opportunities offered? I dunno...
Anyway. That's my .02. And hey, thanks to the response to my corn/potato
BLUE SKIES!, Any day above ground is a good day!
Jim Peterson Eagle class of '63
BS RT Comm, Pelathe Dist
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