scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Putting on the Brakes
Mike Malone (fogeyman@BIGFOOT.COM
Fri Aug 18 2000 - 13:02:27 CDT
>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
>positions. In fact, this may be considered akin to "adding to or taking
>from" BSA rules. I'd be real careful and fully investigate. Secondly, I was
>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
>and then indeed some were elected. Maybe I am wrong - please let me know if
There are no requirements listed for any positions of leadership in the
troop. The handbook is silent on this matter. However, these are not ranks
either. Many troops DO set standards for positions such as Patrol Leader
and Senior Patrol Leader. This can be perfectly appropriate if used widely.
The only positions that should always be elected are Patrol Leader and SPL.
The Assistant Patrol Leader should be appointed by the Patrol Leader.
Positions such as Quartermaster, Scribe etc., should normally be appointed
by the SPL with the advice of the Scoutmaster. The only position appointed
by the SM is Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.
>If a Scout earns a Rank or a Merit Badge he should never have to wait. If
>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
>Not only would I think to "slow down" a Scout is bad Scout business, it is
>probably more so unfair.
I agree with you wholeheartedly. You should NEVER discourage a Scout form
advancing. The only caveat I wouldmake is to be sure they are all meeting
the requirements -- don't slide on them to ease a Scout's way through
advancement. That only makes it tougher when they are going for Eagle.
Former Scoutmaster, Troop 329
Former District Commissioner, Sioux District, GSLAC
Ass't SPL, C-39-00, Pine Ridge Scout Camp
And a good ol' bear, too!