Re: COR & Board of Review - Summary
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Mon, 21 Sep 1998 13:23:26 -0400
Drew Mrenna wrote, in part:
> Council has advised that the COR has the right to observe a Board of
> Review. To me the key word here is observe. The explanation is that
> how else can they determine if the unit is properly performing the
> BoRs. A complaint may have been passed on to stating the BoRs are not
> being performed properly. The COR has the right to find out.
> Notice how the council avoided the real issue that they wanted to sit on
> the BoR. Like what was pointed out, only members of the committee may
> sit on a BoR.
I don't think they ducked at all. "Observe" is not the same as
participate. An analogy is that a Scoutmaster may be permitted to
*observe* an Eagle BOR (and may answer questions), but may *not* be part
of the BOR, or have a vote.
> At this time, the verdict is not complete, it appears that the COR has
> the right to sit and observe a BoR and if they are also a member of
> committee, they have input to the BoR. Which all boils down to, Yes,
> the COR can force themselves to sit on a BoR.
Not at all. If the COR indicates he wants to *observe* each BOR, that's
within his right (unorthodox, certainly, and a matter for continuing
discussion, but within his right). However, his participation can and
IMHO should be limited to what the advancement chair allows him to do.
If I were in this situation, I would make it clear to the COR that I
would notify him of any pending BOR's, but would not postpone or refuse
to schedule a BOR if he was not available or I was not able to reach
him. Moreover, I would instruct the COR to remain silent during the
BOR's, or pass me a note if he had any questions for the candidate.
Finally, I'd make clear that at such time as the COR materially violated
those restrictions, the BOR would be adjourned, and the matter brought
before the COH for resolution.
Just to be clear, the COR would in no event be permitted a vote in the
BOR (unless he was cross-registered *and* had been asked to *sit* on the
BOR, as opposed to just observe), and would participate in the
deliberations only to the extent he was invited to do so. Of course, as
COR, he would have the right to discuss the events occurring in the BOR
with the unit's Scouters, but *not* as part of the BOR deliberations.
> I hope I do not receive any flames from this posting. I know that this
> is not the answer that was expected. It does look like the minority
> agrees with council. I am only passing along a summary of what has been
> reported. If anyone out there has a piece of paper that actually says
> that a COR cannot sit on BoR, I would appreciate knowing about it.
Again, the Council's advice is not inconsistent with the advice given,
though adding information from another direction. Yes, a unit belongs to
the CO, which has the right, through the COR or other designee, to
oversee the program. That does *not* give the CO or the COR the right
to violate Scouting principles and program at will (snuggling up in a
two-person tent with a Scout to see what the program's *really* about,
for instance). If the COR's "oversight" interferes with the program,
those responsible for the program are within their rights to resist the
intrusion, and ask the matter to be resolved by the CO and the council,
if it gets to that.
YIS, Steve on Cattail Creek <Steven G. Tyler>, Severna Park, MD, USA
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