scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Scout Spirit and Advancement
Bob and Rusty Taylor (brtaylor@TELEBYTE.NET
Sun Apr 23 2000 - 14:05:22 CDT
>Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2000 10:43:33 -0700
>To:"Nichols, Kimberly" <KNichols@USA.WCTRIALS.COM>
>From:firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob and Rusty Taylor)
>Subject:Re: Scout Spirit and Advancement
>>Hello, fellow scouters! I am new to the list, but joined because I need
>>some feedback from everyone out there re. a situation regarding advancement
>>in our troop.
>>My son (age 14) was held back two (2) months on advancement because of Scout
>>Spirit. My initial reaction is that this is not right.
>others with more experience than me in this matter will also respond, but
>here's my $.36 on this matter.
>1. if the boy was sent up to the board by the Scoutmaster, that SHOULD
>mean that he is rady to pass the board. it is up to the Scoutmaster, in
>his advancement conference with the boy prior to the board, to prevent
>this type of thing from happening. did you son have a Scoutmaster
>conference before this board? was he given any counsel regarding Scout
>Spirit in that conference regarding the pending board?
>2. if the board, for any reason fails to advance a Scout, they are
>REQUIRED to tell the boy, preferably in writing so there is no
>mis-understanding, specifically what he needs to do so he can pass the
>next board, and a date is to be set for that board so the Scout has
>something specific to work towards for advancement. did his board do
>these things? I am not sure, but believe you have the right of appeal on
>this problem, and I am pretty sure your board will be over ruled if this
>is appealed. the appeal will get your son over this particular hurdle, but
>it will not fix the underlying problem; adults who need training in
>3. you did not state specifically why he was being held back, but unless
>it was something pretty serious, I think your board was out of line, and
>could use some training.
>4. is your son the only one in this situation, or has it happened to other
>Scouts? if this is a regular happening, something is wrong with advancment
>procedures in your unit.
>Please tell you son, for me, that adults make mistakes too; just like he
>is learning to be a Scout, adults are learning to be Scouters. here is an
>opportunity for him to show real Scout Spirit, and not let this thing get
>him down. Please keep the list posted on how this thing shakes out. let us
>know when his next board is and when he passes it, please.
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----------- Bob Taylor Troop, 1590 Committee Chairman
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