scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Important Update
Mon Feb 07 2000 - 10:48:16 CST
Holding up advancements is not correct in any aspect of BSA.
Sometimes I have held up Webelos activity pins if the Scout
has done the work on his own, and hasn't brought any indication
of the work. We require that all independent work be accompanied
by a paragraph for each requirement, and/or finished work or
project information brought to the Den Leader or myself as
Cubmaster (either of us can sign off on the requirement).
Also, I need to say something regarding the hold up of the AOL.
It's my understanding as a Cubmaster for over five years, and as
a trainer, that you do NOT retest Scouts on their requirements.
To me (and to our parents and pack), this means that if the parents
sign off on a requirement, it is accepted that the Scout has finished
that requirement. You may have doubts about the ability of the
Scout. (Did he really do it? Did anyone help him? Can he do it
again?) Policies are important to lay in place before these problems
occur. Our pack policy states that any parent, summer camp
instructor, or school teacher/coach may sign off on any of the
requirements for the boys of the pack (the only exception is the
Webelos activity pin requirement, as stated previously).
Pack Guidelines/Policies are pertinent, and we stress this
in all our training. If your unit does not have written policies,
get the process begun now. And make arrangements within
those policies for appeals, as well as set time arrangements
for policy updates/changes. This process might add more
parent participation, and it certainly will cut down on
difficulties such as the previous AOL problem.
Thanks for listening,