Re: Advancement Questions
Joseph Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Thu, 11 Jun 1998 08:44:22 -0400
Tim Hewitt wrote:
>> I'll sign blue cards and mail them to him for any merit
badges he wants to work on if he finds a local registered
councilor. I'll accept any advancement sign-offs (he's not
yet a Tenderfoot) toward any ranks, as long as I do the
Scoutmaster's Conference and Board of Review when he returns. <<
Having him "hook up" with a local troop is an excellent idea,
if he can find a troop that is active over the summer and is
willing to take the time to work with him.
As SM, you have final say over who has authority to sign off
requirements in his book. Therefore, you could allow someone
in another troop to sign off. Realize, though, that once it is
signed off, you can't undo it. The SM conference and BOR can't
undo a requirement that was properly approved in his book.
I would recommend that instead of having the other troop sign
off his book, have them write you a letter outlining what =
requirements were completed, and how. When the boy returns,
you can go over the letter with him and sign off those
requirements that meet your satisfaction.
>> I have a very active Scout who also family camps a
significant number of times in the summer. He would like
to be able to have his parents - not registered with the
program - sign off on certain activities with my guidance <<
I would be reluctant to do this, more for the precedent it
might set. If you want to allow it, I might follow the
same procedure as noted above. Have the parents submit
a letter outlining what was done, and you can review it
with the scout.
Not letting the non-registered parents sign off is in no
way coming between the scout and his parents - He's free
to do any activity they wish. However, remember that
advancement is a means to an end, and not an end in and
of itself. Advancement should recognize the activities
that he is participating in as a scout and the skills
he is learning from his fellow scouts.
It sounds like you have a pretty active program, so
missing the summer shouldn't be too big a deal. He should
have no problem doing these things in the troop setting
in the fall.
Joseph A. Alessi in Ozwin 2.20
Vice Chair - Program, Lafayette District
ASM Troop 313
Adviser to the Treasurer, Unami Lodge
I used to be an Owl
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