scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Scout Spirit and Advancement
Bob Lazell (rlazell@QED.NET
Mon Apr 24 2000 - 20:27:36 CDT
> I was going to pass up comment on this one but I couldn't keep quiet any
Yeah me too.
> In my opinion, the SM ought to be standing up
> to the scout and saying that he (SM) won't sign off until scout properly
> completes requirement.
I agree with Jim completely! Not only should the SM be standing up to the
Scout, but, after signing the Scout off, he should be standing up to any
board of review who challenges his assesment that boy meets Scout spirit
requirements. I was amazed to hear the SM who was proud that a BOR turned
down a boy he had passed for advancement! Of course if a board determines
that there is some flaw or discrepancy in the boys record that the SM was
unaware of, or, there is some behavior or lack of preperation for the BOR
(like showing up improperly uniformed) a board should not pass on a boy. I
consider it a primary article of trust between the boys an his SM, that I
will be honest with them in my assesments of their spirit and eligibility
for advanvcement, and they will be honest with me and trust my judgement.
This is yet another example of adding reqiurments and not trusting in the
system that we ask the boys to adhere to. If a SM signs off on Scout
Spirit, then that's it, the boy has met the requirement. If the board has
any questions it is incumbant on them to challange the SM, NOT THE BOY WHO
HAS MADE THE SCOUT SPIRIT GRADE THE MOMENT THE SM SIGNED OFF THE
REQUIREMENT! Excuse the shouting, but, too often in scouting it is the boys
who are punished for the failures or differences in opinions of the adults.
If a troop consistently finds themselves at odds with a SMs assessments,
then it's time to approach the SM and challenge him. This is no different
than the question a few months ago of the boy whose ASM crossed off his
properly passed swimming requirement and wrote "failed" That boy was being
punished for a difference of opinion, and a lack of proper ADULT monitoring
of the system.
Lets challenge each other, settle our differences of opinion, and agree on
assessments without punishing the boys.
SM Troop 127
Valley Cottage, NY