Re: Advancement questions
Ron Raab-Long (raablong@DMV.COM)
Wed, 10 Jun 1998 13:28:02 -0400
I have opinions, but they are mine alone. Your Council may disagree, as I'm sure
some people here will disagree. First off, I commend you for trying to help your
traveling Scouts stay active and complete requirements while away from the troop.
It sounds like you're the type of Scoutmaster we should all try to emulate!
I agree that the Scout heading to NY should be able to work on what ever MB's he
can while staying with his Father. I would compare this to going out of Council
for Summer camp. We had a young man from our troop attend Summer camp with his
Grandfather up in Pennsylvania. We had no trouble awarding him his MB's when he
returned. If you don't accept them its like saying another Council's MB
Counselors aren't as good as yours. That doesn't sound very Scoutlike to me!
As far as parents (or any family member) signing off advancement requirements in a
Scouts book - that I wouldn't feel comfortable with. Regardless of what was
actually done, it will always be suspect. However, there's nothing in the book
that says *you* have to see the Scout complete each requirement. This sounds like
a decent Scout with a history within the troop of doing the right thing. I would
talk to him about the hike, fire building, whatever, after he returns. Ask him to
describe what he accomplished, what he saw, his route, how he did it, any other
pertinent information - then sign him off yourself. Remember, a Scout is Honest.
Thanks for setting a good example!
> He wants to continue to work on Scouting stuff while he's in New York.
> He would like to be able to have his parents - not registerd with the program -
> sign off on certain
> activities with my guidance. These include things like taking a 5 mile hike,
Ron Raab-Long DelMarVa Council
SA, Troop 903 Two Bays District
Boy Scout Training Coordinator Dover, Delaware USA
Problem Captain, Delaware OM Unit Commissioner
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