scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Scoutmaster Conferences (was Troop Leadership Positions)
Dave Loomis (dloomis@NH.ULTRANET.COM
Sat Jun 10 2000 - 08:54:07 CDT
A unit I served in many years ago had two types of advancement,
"planned" advancement, and "discovered" advancement. The first occurred
when the unit or individual planned a session designed to complete some
specific step in the advancement process, and resulted in the youth(s)
being signed off on that requirement at the end of the training. The
second occurred when a scout had a one-on-one with the scoutmaster about
his advancement progress.
These could take place anywhere, but frequently occurred at a meeting
or outdoor activity. The scoutmaster would ask the boy, who usually
wasn't showing much progress towards his next rank, how he was doing.
This usually resulted in something like, "OK, I guess..."
With a little tactful inquiry during the conversation they both
discoved that by being a willing participant in the troop program over
the past few months the boy had completed most of the requirements for
his next rank, and only needed these achievements signed off by his
patrol leader or suitable substitute. Within a few minutes, the boy
discovered that he had nearly earned his next badge, and only needed one
or two specific items to advance.
Although this appeared to be a very unstructured situation, we had to
be presenting every advancement requirement for the ranks at meetings
and outings over a six month period, even though this was not apparent
to me or the boys. It also required the scoutmaster, a super guy, to
keep up with what each boy was doing in the unit on a week by week
basis. Over a typical year each scout could advance through at least
one of the lower ranks, earn a "field uniform" and most of his way to
summer camp, and still have a great time doing it.
> I made a mistake (oh my gosh, I admitted it!) in my original posting on this
> in that I read "formal" into Dave's response. Rereading the emails, Dave
> didn't indicate that in his email at all (though others did) and I owe both
> Dave and the List an apology for that.
> Dave, My apologies.
None needed up my way.
> To the List, my apology as well.
> Franco Piccione
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