Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: ASM father signing off on rank advancement?
Re: ASM father signing off on rank advancement?
Gary A. Musselman
Wed, 9 Jun 1999 14:11:17 EDT
In a message dated 6/9/99 10:32:12 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
science_guy@JUNO.COM writes:" IMHO, parents should not be signing off on
their child's advancement with one possible exception, the family life
requirements. With those requirements it is advisable that they both go to
someone so the consuler
can ask the parent about the requirements too."
I really agree and our troop's policy generally parallels this thinking.
However, it becomes a real tough thing when the issue is merit badges rather
than, say, second class knots. Is it fair to the Scout to have a MB
counselor who is his dad offer the MB to several interested Scouts in the
troop and say to his son: "Sorry you have to go elsewhere"? What if there is
really no convenient "elsewhere"?
I tend to allow a MB counselor/dad sign for his son IF the son was part of a
"class" of more than on doing the MB.....