scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: What do You say to a Parent (tad long)
Jim Peterson (kupete@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU
Fri Jun 23 2000 - 09:39:51 CDT
This is always a difficult situation but always easier if the scouts know
what is expected of them ahead of time and even easier if you have a troop
policy posted for all to see. National doesn't help the unit leader much
in that when pressed, they will always go with the boy and parents so they
don't get hassled.
In the BSA Rules and Regulations, it states that in order to be an "active"
scout, the scout must.
2. Obligate himself to attend meetings regularly
3. Fulfill a member's obligation to the unit
4. Subscibe to the Scout Oath
5. Participate in an age-appropriate program
Our troop has clarified this even further with our scouts and parents by
posting the following on the troop bulletin board and by mailing out copies
with our newsletter once per year. Here's the document we use for your
perusal. It may come through a little garbled as I just "cut and pasted
it" since I'm a dummy when it comes to this electron-sending process.
------------------------TROOP 55, BSA
POLICY WITH REGARD TO SCOUT SPIRIT AND TROOP PARTICIPATION
This policy is effective immediately and will apply to all
advancements to the ranks of Star, Life and Eagle.
The BSA advancement requirements specifically addressed here are
Star, Life and Eagle requirements 1 and 2.
Scouts wishing to advance to Star, Life and Eagle ranks in Troop 55
must be actively involved in the life of the troop and must demonstrate
scout spirit. "Active involvement" and "scout spirit" will be evaluated
subjectively by the Scoutmaster with the following criteria in mind:
a. attendance at troop meetings and activities
b. participation in troop meeting programs
c. practicing leadership at meetings and activities
d. providing a role model for younger scouts at meetings and
e. demonstrating practice of the scout oath and law at meetings
It is the committee's interpretation that requirement 1 ("Be active
in your troop for at least...."), is required by the BSA to separate rank
advancement by a period of time so as to allow scouts to demonstrate and
develop scouting and leadership skills. We feel that it is not the
intention of requirement 1 to set "minimum standards" that would allow
scouts to neglect attendance at meetings and activities after completing
that period of involvement. In other words, scouts should be actively
involved throughout their scouting careers.
It was specifically noted that the fulfillment of requirement 2
("show scout spirit" or "show scout spirit in your daily life", in later
versions) cannot be evaluated by the Scoutmaster in any other setting than
at troop meetings and activities since the Scoutmaster does not observe the
scout in home, neighborhood or school environments. He only observes the
scout at troop meetings and activities. Therefore, attendance at meetings
and active participation in the life of the troop are essential to the
completion of this requirement because they are necessary in order for the
Scoutmaster's evaluation to take place.
Hope this is of some help to you. Good luck.
BLUE SKIES!, Any day above ground is a good day!
Jim Peterson (of the Kansas variety)
ADC, Pelathe District
Heart of America Council Eagle Class of 1963
ASM, T-55, Lawrence, Kansas Brotherhood, Tamegonit Lodge
email: email@example.com Mic-O-Say: HW "Shieldmaker"