Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Peer review...
Re: Peer review...
Craig M. Oakford
Mon, 9 Aug 1999 14:09:33 -0700
As you describe it, I think it is against Advancement policy. The boy
learns the skill, passes it off and is reviewed. More than that is an
added requirement. However, I like the idea of boys helping others
learn skills. Perhaps a modified procedure would take care of both
angles. BEFORE a skill is officially passed off, the boy is helped by
others in a formal way to make sure he is ready to pass it off. If, in
the view of his peers, he is ready to pass it off, the boy formally
passes the skill. Depending on who actually watched him do it the first
time, the final step could possibly be eliminated. If you can do it,
you can do it. No need to pass it off if the skill has been
I remember my first merit badge was First Aid. We worked as patrols for
a long time getting prepared to pass off the badge. Our scoutmaster was
a fire captain. He wanted to make sure we didn't waste the MB
counselor's time, so he made each of us "pass off" the badge with him as
a trial run. After we had all successfully completed the dry run, the
Scoutmaster learned he was qualified to be a counselor--so we had
already passed the badge.