Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Refusing a SM Conference CAN YOU??
Re: Refusing a SM Conference CAN YOU??
Sat, 4 Dec 1999 12:37:27 -0500
<Mike Mc Abee wrote>
I have a bigger problem w/ several comment to the effect that a troop
committee, or a district committee, etc., can overrule a Scoutmaster's
interpretation of "showing Scout Spirit".
If the SM conference is held, it's unlikely a Scout's appeal will be upheld
unless 1) the SM's reasons for delaying the Scout aren't justified; 2) the
SM's interpretation of "showing Scout Spirit" is too strict or outside the
guidelines; or 3) the Scout was given no opportunity to improve.
If the SM conference is NOT held, any appeal by the Scout will almost
automatically be upheld. The result wouldn't necessarily by a BOR. Most
likely, the committee would compel the SM to hold a conference (or assign an
SA to do it).
Communication needs to be established betweenthe Scout and the SM, but
respect and support needs to be developed between the SM and the troop - its
as wrong to refuse to hold a SM conference and deny the Scout the requred
feedback, as it is to overrule the SM refusal's to sign off on "Scout
Spirit" and provide the Scout w/ a BoR..
The committee's responsibility is to ensure that the advancement process is
fairly administered by the SM. The appeal process gives the committee the
opportunity to exercise that responsibility. Again, the committee is
unlikely to uphold an appeal if the SM communicates his reasons to the Scout
and provides an opportunity to improve.
It should be noted that most Scout's won't appeal the results of an SM
conference unless the results are obviously unfair. In most cases of appeal,
the appeal will likely come from the Scout's parents, not the Scout. In any
case, before an appeal is accepted by a higher venue, it has to be
justified. If the district committee determines the troop committee's
decision is proper, the appeal will likely go no further.
AJ Mako, Scoutmaster, Troop 381 http://www.scouts381.org/
Great Trail Council, Old Portage District