Bob Gordon (crgjr@SWBELL.NET)
Tue, 11 Aug 1998 19:57:14 -0500
Diane Clow wrote:
> When a boy is presented for a BOR, what guidelines should we use to insure > that, first, the boy is ready, and second, we can prevent a failed attempt.
Having a boy properly prepared for his BOR is the responsibility of the
Boy Leaders of the troop and of the Scoutmaster. They are the ones
signing off that he has completed the requirements and the ones
responsible for seeing that the overall program meets the needs of the
Additionally, it is not within the jurisdiction of the BOR to deny a
boy his right to advance. The most a BOR can do is recess the BOR,
discuss the findings with the Scoutmaster and suggest he hold the boy
back until he is properly prepared. The purpose of the BOR is to
provide a checks-and-balance about the program and it effectiveness, not
to be the final jury regarding a boy's preparedness.
All that said, please don't feel guilty. I highly doubt if the BOR was
the "straw that broke the camel's back" with this boy. More likely, the
older brother's successes were viewed as insurmountable hurdles by a
younger brother. He preferred to drop out rather than be compared to or
measured against his brother.
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