scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Putting on the Brakes
Darryl Hammill (darryl.hammill@NCMAIL.NET
Fri Aug 18 2000 - 12:15:44 CDT
First off - I might be wrong but: "our Troop requires Scouts to be First Class
Rank for all positions, and
these boys just missed the deadline"
I am not so sure you can set a requirement such as this. I do not have my
handbooks handy, but I do not recall BSA setting rank level requirements for
positions. In fact, this may be considered akin to "adding to or taking away
from" BSA rules. I'd be real careful and fully investigate. Secondly, I was not
aware that "all" positions are elected" was a rule either. I was under the
impression that some positions were appointed (by the SM), others by the SPL,
and then indeed some were elected. Maybe I am wrong - please let me know if I
Then you said: "Have other Troops seen value in slowing down a Scout's progress
to avoid "Scouting burnout"?"
If a Scout earns a Rank or a Merit Badge he should never have to wait. If he
earned it give him the award or rank immediately. As for burnout - the only
burnout I have ever seen is when Troops try to throttle back ambitious Scouts.
Not only would I think to "slow down" a Scout is bad Scout business, it is
probably more so unfair.
What about setting these young men up (with proper training) as Den Chiefs? Or,
if they are in the OA, appoint some as OA Representatives? What about Troop
Guides (if they have the skills base and training)?