Re: Board of Reviews
Ron Raab-Long (raablong@DMV.COM)
Fri, 10 Jul 1998 13:28:11 -0400
I'm afraid its national policy to not allow Assistant Scoutmasters serve on BORs. It always causes problems within our troop as well. However, I can understand the reasoning behind it.
Scoutmasters work with the boys on a continous basis. Its the Scoutmasters that go on all the trips, teach scout skills, counsel the scouts as needed, etc., etc., etc...
The Board of Review is the opportunity for the Scout to give feed back to the Committee on how well the program is working, to explain the things the Scout dosen't like, realy likes, and any thing else that will help the Committee make it a better unit. It is not the
time to re-test the Scout on skills.
Having the same people sit on the board that attend all the activities may, effectively, close off the communication that we need to accomplish the goals of the program. A scout isn't going to tell the person that schedules the bi-monthly trip the local fire house that
he's not interested in visiting the darn firehouse. (Just an example - fire fighters, please don't flame me :-) ) He's not going to tell the person who makes fun of him on campouts that he cries himself to sleep because he feels so isolated and lonely.
Even though it can sometimes make it hard to get together three people for a Board of Review, I agree with the policy. Seems like a good time to start recruiting more committee members.
> Why can't ASM's sit on Board of Reviews.
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