scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Scout Spirit and Advancement
Paul S. Wolf (paul.s.wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU
Sun Apr 23 2000 - 22:57:08 CDT
> My son (age 14) was held back two (2) months on advancement because of
> Scout Spirit.
Many have replied, and have all had some very good comments regarding
getting further information on the reasons they felt he hadn't net the
requirement. However, I haven't seen anyone ask some very basic
questions that are relevant, nor address some very basic rules regarding
the board of review.
The requirement for "Scout Spirit" for every rank after Tenderfoot reads
Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise)
and Scout Law in your everyday life.
Was his handbook "signed off" by the Scoutmaster or his designate for
that requirement? If so, why and under what authority did the board of
review determine that he had not met that requirement?
Did the Board of Review state what, in your son's daily life was the
basis for denying advancement? Note that I said, "In his daily life",
not "while at Scout meetings or other Scouting events".
If so, what was it, and why do they think that he must wait an added 2
months to show that he has now met that requirement?
Scout Spirit is NOT something that can be measured or quantified. Nor
is it something that the Board of Review can determine has not been
achieved if the Scout has been certified by the unit leader that he has
met the requirement. That is NOT their duty or within their authority.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Advancement/Safety Webmaster, USSSP http://www.usscouts.org
Winding Rivers Dist. Advancement Comm., Greater Cleveland Council, BSA