scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Scout Spirit and Advancement
Fred Heilbrunn (Lilchpn125@AOL.COM
Sun Apr 23 2000 - 22:22:25 CDT
Although it doesn't happen often, occasionally boys in my troop don't always
pass a Board of Review. I'm proud of that!!
As a Scoutmaster, it is NOT my job to measure their readiness when they have
their conference with me. It is merely to have that conference -- to help the
boy prepare for his Board of Review and what he needs to do towards his
Scouting career. It is the Board of Review that has the responsibility of
measuring a boy's readiness; it is not a rubber stamp of the Scoutmaster's
I do, however, share my impressions with the chairman of the Board of Review
so that the Board can make an informed decision. There is nothing written
anywhere about doing this; we just think it's a good idea.
We have also developed our own Form which is used at every Board of Review.
It is in quadruplicate and the Scout is asked to sign it. A copy goes to
each: Scout, Parents, Advancement Chairman, and Scoutmaster. It indicates
whether or not a Scout has passed and what is required of him for his next
Board. That includes specifically what is lacking if his readiness is found
wanting. This eliminates alot of confusion. By the way, Troopmaster software
also has a form that could be used in this manner.
In each and every case in which one of my Scouts has not passed a Board of
Review in the first go-round, the Scout has ALWAYS come back to resolve his
perceived deficiencies and passed the next Board. Most have gone on to become
Eagle Scouts, and some have even remarked that the time they failed their
Board for a lower rank was the point that they discovered that Scouting was
important in their lives.
Our standard for the Board of Review is "Does the Scout give it 100% of his
effort?"; not "How does Jimmy stack up against Bobby?". We don't compare
Scouts with their peers because each Scout is different. And we make sure
that the Scouts themselves understand this. Our Boards of Review tend to take
longer than in other troops, because the Board tries to take the time to
truly know and evaluate the boy.
The bottom line is communication and empathy.
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Troop 125
Mount Vernon, WA