scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Advancement dilly
Michael A. Poretsky (MPoretsky@AOL.COM
Tue Nov 30 1999 - 12:01:43 CST
I have run into this situation a number of times. Here is the way we handled it in consultation with the Scout Executive:
1. Check the advancement records at Council. If everything is in order, the problem is solved. Make sure you get copies of the advancement reports for your unit records.
2. If the advancement was not registered, convene a Board of Review to go over the Scouts records carefully. If he has his handbook signed off in the appropriate places, you can file an advancement report with his date of rank or ranks listed as of the time he was signed off in his book. (Think of this as filing an advancement report late.)
3. If the Scout does not have records to prove his advancement status, you will have to check over his book and conduct a BoR as of the current date. This does mean that the boy may lose out on some time, but keep in mind, this is the fault of the other unit, not yours. Also remember that there is only so far we can go in these kinds of situations; we don't want to hurt the boy, but we do want to maintain Scouting standards.
As I said, my unit has run into this situation a number of times. In at least three cases, the Scout achieved Eagle rank.
I wold suggest that you consult with the Advancement committee in your council to see if they will go along with this procedure.
Yours in Scouting,