scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Interpreter's Strip
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@BELLATLANTIC.NET
Sat Mar 04 2000 - 10:03:54 CST
The requirements for the Interpreter Strip are intended as a minimum level
of proficiency. When the requirement says 200 words it means 200 words, not
190 or 180 out of 200. There is a lot of room for discretion in testing and
deciding whether a Scout has sufficient proficiency in a language to be able
to help others. The person doing the testing could for example have the
Scout demonstrate 300 words and as long as he had 200 words it would
technically meet the requirements. However, this is not an award and
shouldn't be treated as one. It is not something to achieve or something to
work on just to get a patch. The idea is to recognize language skills that
would allow a Scout to help a non-English speaking person. When a Scout
wears that patch he is advertising that he is ready to do a good turn by
helping a non-English speaker to find directions, get help, and so forth.
If the Scout really doesn't have the language proficiency to do that, he
should not wear the patch. The test requirements are a bare minimum of what
is necessary to demonstrate proficiency.
Michael F. Bowman email@example.com
Vice President, http://usscouts.org
U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.