scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Interpretation of Requirements
Todd Tingblad (tingbltn@HUDSON.K12.WI.US
Mon Feb 07 2000 - 11:54:01 CST
I have been following the topic for some time. I had the same type of
problem with the troop I am now a Unit Commissioner with. They had an
attendance requirement for advancement of 2/3 attendance. However, a week
long campout (7 days) carried the same weight as a single meeting. To a
number of parents, this was unfair. To me as a Commissioner, the usage of
attendance for advancement was also unfair (as they were using it. It was
an added new requirement to the rank's requirements since Scouts had been
refused advancement because of just the attendance requirement).
So I proposed a solution to the problem (this was done only after both
sides would not change their positions...sometimes a Commissioner just has
to step in and say do it this way...I don't like doing it...it goes
opposite of all our Commissioner training). Basically, I restating why we
have meetings for Scouts in a way that put the checking for attendance onto
the boy instead of the Troop Committee. So it is now stated: "Advancment
is an important part of the troop's program. Advancement opportunities are
provided at troop functions. A Scout can take advantage of these
opportunities by attending troop functions or making arrangements with the
Scoutmaster Staff for advancement help if he needs help or wants help."
The Scoutmaster still had the power to review the Scout in the Scoutmaster
Conference and the Board of Review still has their say about what "Active
in Troop and Patrol means" to the review process.
A few parents and Scouts saw the change as, "since attendance is not being
taken, I don't need to come to the meetings any more to advance." However,
these parents and Scouts learned very quickly that as they missed meetings,
they missed advancement opportunities that their friends were getting and
their friends were moving on and they were not. After a few months of
lower attendance at meetings, attendance is back up to the old levels with
the Scouts now taking responsibility for their own attendance. If they are
in hockey, and the games are on meeting night, the only lose out if they
don't follow-up themselves (real world problem with a real world solution).
The tone of the troop is now a friendlier place now that attenance is not
of advancement like it had been from the troop's start some three years ago.
Todd N. Tingblad -- mailto:email@example.com
Indianhead Scouting/BSA Webmaster -- http://www.indianhead.org
LaCroix District Unit Commissioner
LaCroix District Activities Committee