Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Who signs Advancement?
Re: Who signs Advancement?
Mon, 16 Nov 1998 10:35:37 -0800
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 09:32:29 -0600
From: "Myers, William" <MyersW@STAFF.ABANET.ORG>
Subject: Who signs Advancement?
Is there a DEFINITIVE reference to who can signoff on the Scout
through 1st Class advancement. There seems to be a push and shove in the
troop over 'qualification' vs 'traditionally' vs 'scoutmaster only' ...
Looking in any handbooks (both scout and adult), information from BSLT or
Woodbadge, etc. etc. I can find NO specific answer. It almost seem that
it is assumed that this basic question is obvious (Which of course it is,
since the way I thought it was done for the last 35+ years is surely
..... :-) )
Interestingly enough, asking my District Exec, as I picked up
popcorn yesterday yielded the answer. "Scoutmasters and Asst. Scoutmasters
but I've don't think it's actually written anywhere."
Actually its quite clear ,like all Boy Scout matters.
Follw the blood line from the Bylaws to the R&Rs to the advancement guide.
I interepret these writings to mean that the local councils will provide
the procedures and the unit committee will see that advancement is part of
the unit program.
Since the Scoutmasters and (his staff of ASMs) have the most direct contact
,they are the ones who get charged with "signing off".
However, committee members have been know to bend a pencil or two for the
good of the Boy and the particular situation the unit is in at any given
During my tour(s) as a SM I would "authorize "my staff (ASMs) to SO
everything they deemed within their scope of competentcy EXCEPT scout
That job forced me to stay familiar with all the boys as they progressed
through our gaunlet and that the Boy would have the undivided attention of
THE SCOUTMASTER at an important time in his scouting trek.
I really enjoyed those SM Conferences too and tried (actually suceeded) to
make them happen in the field and in a way that the boy didnt really get on
to what was happening until it was almost over. Suprisingly several boys
would ask "is this my scoutmaster conference?" to which I replied "Could
be, Could be" and the mutual smile and acknowledgement let me know that he
new and appreciated the effort...or at least thats what I inferred...
You can have a lot of fun and reward in this game if you know where your
"bonifides" come from and use them to the benefit of the Boy when and WHERE
you find him.
NEVER DO A JOB A BOY CAN DO....
RED COAT IN SPOKANE (as in CAN)