scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Boards of REVIEW
Tue Apr 25 2000 - 07:57:10 CDT
So, if a boy comes up to a Board of Review with everything signed off,
which includes SM Conference and the "scout spirit" requirement -- how can
it be possible for the BoR to do anything other than rubber-stamp the
advancement? After all, the boy has passed everything, period.
The point that a lot of people miss is that Boards of REVIEW are not solely
for advancement purposes. They are to help the BOY review his work in
Scouting so far and guide him into reflecting on his plans for the future. It
is perfectly acceptable-- yea, even desirable-- to have a boy reviewed if he
is NOT advancing, has a problem with "Scout spirit," or is not participating
in the life of the troop, to see if the reasons can be discovered, and the
boy assisted in focussing on his needs and obligations.
Another generally overlooked purpose is for the troop committee and
interested parents to get feedback on the program and to give it back to the
program if indicated. Asking a question like, "What did you like the most
about the last campout?" is good and useful; asking "What would have been
better?" gives the boy a chance to think about change as well as perhaps
giving you a chance to learn about resources your SM may need, problems
within the transportation arrangements, the need for more reliable stoves,
the same old venue is getting boring, whatever. This is one reason why SM and
SM staff are NOT members or present for Boards of Review.
Hope this gets you thinking in expanded directions <G>! (Scouting is SOOO
SA T47 Sandwich MA
Cape Cod & Islands Council
Abake MiSaNaKi Lodge #393
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