Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: SA Parent signing req's
SA Parent signing req's
Wed, 9 Jun 1999 10:03:23 EDT
The question is,
"One of our ASMs asked me this evening about BSA policy regarding signing
his son off on a couple of the requirements for Tenderfoot. At the
time, neither the SM or other ASMs was available. The boy passed his
Scoutmaster Conference and BOR, but one of the BOR members was
questioning it. I don't know the answer, and I'm not sure where to find
it. I've looked in Advancement Policies and Procedures, the
Scoutmaster's Handbook, and Basic Scoutmaster Leadership Training
You won't find it there because it isn't in there. It isn't anywhere. There
is no such rule.
Alas, we all know people who abuse the privilege. We have a SA now whose new
Scout is all signed off up to 2nd class when his fellows are still working on
Tfoot, and guess who signed off all his reqs? And is this a super-Scout kid?
Not exactly. My kid, the PL, is going to try to use him to "teach" his
"peers", since he is so very "advanced," which will accomplish at least one
of several things: either he'll actually learn the material in order to teach
it, or his shortcomings will be evident.
We try to have a non-conflict of interest rule: You can sign off your own kid
only if it's part of a group activity that everyone does. For example, I
taught the First Aid MB to a group of boys, mine among them. However, he got
no sign-offs that everyone else didn't get. And I NEVER signed off any
advancement for him that wasn't done in front of the whoe troop, like a flag
ceremony, cooking the meal, swim test, etc.
Unfortunately not all SA's agree w/ me, and some are still trying to relive
their lives thru their boys', with the result that the boys are cheated of a
real growth experience and the other kids are resentful.
Good luck. An honest discussion at SM meeting may help, but it's a pretty
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