scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Scout Spirit and Advancement
Anthony Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET
Sat Jun 03 2000 - 08:31:26 CDT
<Kimberly Nichols wrote>
The day after his BOR he called the Advancement Committee Co-chair and asked
for a list of "things" he needed to do before his next BOR. He has never
received this document. On May 8, he spoke to the Advancement Committee
Co-chair and asked to appeal his Life BOR. He has not been able to be at
every meeting because he plays recreation league baseball in the spring, but
we have heard nothing from the adults in his troop. No written document
listing the items he needed to accomplish in his next BOR and no information
on how to appeal.
Can anyone out there give some advice to pass along to my 14 year-old? I am
not sure what to advise next.
Does he pursue this? Does he just find another troop? Should he call the
Personally, I believe enough time has passed that, as a parent you should
probably find out what's going on. If I were you I'd start making phone
calls to get to the bottom of the situation. The phone calls should be made
in the following order:
Advancement Committee Chair then Committee Chair
All you really want to find out is what your son needs to do to satisfy the
BOR. The advancement guide clearly states that the BOR is required give the
Scout the reasons he was not passed and what he needs to do. If you don't
get anywhere with these people, an appeal needs to be made to a higher
You might also want to contact the Scoutmaster and ask him to talk to the
committee members about your son's situation. He may not be aware of the
situation and may be able to get answers quickly.
It may be that there has simply been a breakdown in communications - the
co-chair may simply have gotten busy with other things in his life and
either forgotten about the request, or put it at the bottom of his "to do"
list. A formal letter of request sent to the troop committee may be all
that's required to resolve the situation (also helps document previous
actions and the situation's).
If you can't get anywhere with the troop leaders, the next step is to appeal
to the district for help. I would suggest starting with the troop's Unit
Commissioner. He or she will usually know the troop leaders and may be able
to get answers without too much trouble. He or she can also act as an
intermediary between the unit and the district. After the UC, the next step
is to contact the district Advancement Chair. District staff members' names
and phone numbers can be gotten from your local council office. If the UC
cannot get an answer from the troop, he or she will usually take the next
step for you.
It's vitally important that you look at the situation objectively before you
contact resources outside the unit. Give them all of the details you know,
and explain the things you and your son have already done to resolve the
A. J. Mako, Scoutmaster, firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Portage District, Great Trail Council