Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Long Boards of Review
Long Boards of Review
Fri, 2 Oct 1998 16:26:54 -0400
Does anyone have any advice to offer on how to deal with a Troop whose
average BOR length, for all ranks, is over one hour per boy?
The Troop Committee apparently feels that Scout skills are severely lacking
throughout the Troop (no argument there - IMHO the skills problem is because
they do not do the kinds of activities which require boys to use the skills
they are learning, and that's an issue of SM direction and program
planning), and that they must therefore test every skill in detail.
The committee also apparently feels that the wisdom and information
contained in the Troop Committee Guidebook and the Advancement Guidelines is
only advisory, so steering them to those documents is probably not an
I'm a former Scoutmaster of the Troop in question, and a former District
Advancement Chairman, but based on the paragraph above I'm not sure they
want to hear my advice directly. I've suggested telling the SM that he needs
to have skills tested more thoroughly before they are signed off, and/or
instituting a version of the old PLC Boards of Review to reinforce the
skills before the main BOR, but to no avail.
Thanks for any advice.
National Capital Area Council