Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Peer Review
Mon, 9 Aug 1999 17:20:35 -0500
Since I forgot to forward the question from Robin (forgot the last name)
from work, I'm relying on a semi-functional memory; if I misunderstood
Robin's question and it context, someone please let me know.
As I recall, Robin asked about the "correctness" of letting Scouts
perform a "Peer Review" on other Scouts going for rank, specifically if
that was "legal."
According to the Scoutmaster Handbook (1998 Edition), on pages 119
through 123, there are four steps of advancement: Learning, Testing,
Reviewing, and Recognition. On page 120, Step 2 (Testing) reads:
"A Scout wanting to complete an advancement requirement must demonstrate
to his leader that he has fully mastered a skill at the level expected.
In a new Scout Patrol, that leader might be the assistant Scoutmaster or
the Troop Guide assigned to the Patrol. Scouts in regular patrols and
Venture patrols might be tested by adult troop leaders or by their own
patrol leaders, troop guides, or another junior leader, provided that
the boy leader has already earned the rank the Scout is aiming for."
In addition to the preceding text, the Scoutmaster Conference and the
Board of Review are covered in Step 3 (Reviewing), indicating (to me at
least) that the review stage of advancement is separate from the testing
process. As such, they would seem to have different purposes.
My interpretation of the quoted text from page 120 of the SM Handbook is
that not only is Peer Review allowable, it is considered to be
meritorious enough to be included in the text Scoutmasters should read
as part of being a good leader. Yes, stipulations are described that
prevent just any Scout from serving on a "Peer Review" function, but
that wasn't addressed in Robin's original question (I don't remember it
I do remember Robin mentioning something about a concern for "added
requirements." I don't see this as anything extra. Perhaps a method
which is unused by most Troops, but in black and white nonetheless.
If anyone has a different take on this passage, please let me know.
I've never considered this question before, but this is how I see it.
ASM, Troop 11
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Buffalo District, Three Rivers Council
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