Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Multiple Ranks
Re: Multiple Ranks
Thu, 8 Oct 1998 16:04:14 -0600
Regarding multiple BoRs for multiple ranks, Ed Thompson wrote:
>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.
But Ed, one of those very important things is the Scout Law--and under
*A Scout is Obedient* the handbook says that a Scout follows the rules!
>To set up artificial barriers in not fair to him, nor is it in the spirit of
Agreed. But breaking the rules is also contrary to the spirit of Scouting!
>Any board of review can easily adapt to discussing a young manUs
>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.
I don't think so. If the board must *adapt*, then it probably is not following
the letter of the requirements. A Scout should complete one rank (BoR)
before the SM Conference and BoR for the next rank. If you can do all
of that in one evening, great! ;-)
It seems to me that your Troop is not having BoRs frequently enough
(3 or 4 per year). You just need three committee members to conduct them.
We hold our BoRs monthly on the night our committee meets. We also do
them more frequently as the need exists.
Yours in Scouting,
SM, Troop 308
Heart O'Texas Council