Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Multiple ranks
Thu, 8 Oct 1998 10:18:53 -0600
>> Can a Scout be moved two ranks with one BOR, i.e. from Tenderfoot to 1st
and Jim P responded
>It seems to me that by combining the SM conferences and BORs into
>one, you're eliminating at least four requirements. In other words,
>the scout should have both a conference and BOR for each of the ranks.
> In addition to eliminating requirements, you're excusing the scout
> from the "procedures" involved in advancement.
I can't agree, and I think that type of emphasis is misplaced. Scouting
(particularly at the level of tenderfoot through first class as in this
case) is not about following "procedures" or making young men jump through
the proper hoops: it is about developing their skills, confidence,
leadership, responsibility, and many other very important things. If a
young man has indeed completed all of the requirements for one rank, two
ranks, or even three ranks, it means he has been an active part of his troop
and has mastered those skills. To set up artificial barriers in not fair to
him, nor is it in the spirit of Scouting. Any board of review can easily
adapt to discussing a young man's completion of two (or even three) ranks
and fully meet both the letter and the spirit of the requirements for a
scoutmaster's conference and board of review. It takes some extra planning,
and it takes some extra effort, but that's what we're there for.
Remember, not all Troops are large enough for weekly or monthly Boards of
Review to be feasible. If a Troop can only hold three or four per year (as
our troop of 14 boys), making the young man wait until the next one based on
an artificial "procedure" is a strong disincentive.
Troop 6, Winona MN
Ed W. Thompson Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Director of Cytotechnology
Winona State University
"Illiud Latine dici non potest"