Re: Board of Reviews
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Fri, 10 Jul 1998 11:07:39 -0400
The only really relevant reason is that the rules prohibit it. :-) In
fact, except for Eagle boards, the ONLY people who can sit are members of
the Troop Committee. Community members, unregistered parents, etc. are
not eligible to sit either. Since conducting boards of review is just as
important a part of the troop program as is anything else, the troop
should be just as concerned about recruiting enough members for the troop
committee as they are about recruiting 11 assistant scoutmasters. This is
something that very often is not considered when a troop decides how best
to register its manpower.
>From "National BSA Advancement Policies and Procedures" (No. 33088A,
Revised 1997) on page 16:
"_Review for Tenderfoot Through Life Ranks and Eagle Palms._ After a
Scout has completed all requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, . . .
and Life ranks, or an Eagle Palm, he appears before a board of review.
This board of review is made up of at least three and not more than six
members of the _troop committee._ One member serves as chairman, usually
the committee member responsible for advancement. _Unit leaders,
assistant unit leaders, relatives, or guardians may not serve as members
of a Scout's board of review._"
Now, the reason the rule exists is because one of the primary purposes of
the board is to review not the Scout, but the troop program. It is hard
for a Scout to honestly evaluate how the scoutmaster and his assistants
are doing with regard to the program if they are part of the board of
Bruce E. Cobern
Advancement Chairman, Founders District, Queens Council, NY
From: Iverson <iverson@SEASURF.NET>
To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L <SCOUTS-L@TCUBVM.IS.TCU.EDU>
Subject: Board of Reviews
Date: Friday, July 10, 1998 1:16 AM
Why can't ASM's sit on Board of Reviews. Seems that sometimes we have a
lack of other adults (community members, parents, etc) when Boards come
due, but with 11 ASM's it seems illogical to not use them for Boards. Is
this policy or just our Troop making this choice?
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