Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Refusing a SM Conference CAN YOU??
Re: Refusing a SM Conference CAN YOU??
Fri, 3 Dec 1999 08:22:11 -0800
IMO, this is tantamount to your boss refusing to give you a
performance review. You probably can, but really should not ever
The SM Conference is designed to review the last few months, provide
feedback, discuss performance, and set goals for the next period.
Even if the feedback is "Son, you really sucked as Troop Historian.
And you've gotta quit burning down all the tents at night" the Scout
needs to hear that feedback. Hopefully with more tact, but he needs
to hear it.
How else can the Scout know how he truly stands? How else can the
Scout improve? How else can the troop justify refusing to award rank
based on a lack of Scout Spirit if the kid has never been told what
he needs to improve? Remember, a SMC does NOT automatically lead to a
BOR. The Scout must "pass" the SMC.
If it's a personality conflict, delegate the SMC to someone else
(Like many do with their own sons). If it's the Scout's extreme
behavior prompting the reluctance, consider a SMC with a couple
committee members in attendance to keep it positive and away from a
"him against me" struggle.
Michael Derleth MDerleth@ELI.Net
ASM T14 Eagle Scout Vancouver, WA