Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Re-Testing?
Fri, 10 Dec 1999 08:16:06 -0800
John Pershing asks "What amount of "re-testing" or "review" of prior
requirement is advised?...
You are correct the answer is "None" for re-testing. Your Scoutmaster
is also correct that a certain level of mastery is expected. What he
misses, is that a healthy troop program offers frequent opportunities
to practice all these skills and by repetition make them second
Think back to the last new thing you learned at work or home. Have
your SM do the same. I bet you spent a lot of time studying the
instructions, maybe did some practicing, then did the task for real.
(Assembling a kids bicycle is the task that comes to mind). The first
one DOES get built, but it's pretty painful to watch, and includes
lots of referring back to the instructions. THAT is the level of
"mastery" the BSA wants to sign off the requirements.
Now, if you were to work in a bike shop and assemble 3-4 per week, in
a year or so you'd be able to do it in your sleep, and be a Jedi
Assembly Master. THAT's the level your SM wants for the initial sign
Again, if your troop has a well rounded program, all your Scouts are
getting frequent opportunities to practice the lashing, first aid,
etc. They will soon have the level of mastery the SM wants, without
adding to BSA's requirements.
Michael Derleth MDerleth@yahoo.com
ASM T14 Vancouver, WA