scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Putting on the brakes
Chris & Paula Sheridan (chris.sheridan@PCISYS.NET
Sun Aug 20 2000 - 23:58:56 CDT
Joseph Alessi wrote:
" Well, I never thought that I would ever, ever come down on the
side of "slowing down" a scout's advancement, but I have to
wonder what's going on when 10 10 1/2-11 year old boys all
manage to finish all of the scout, tenderfoot, second class,
and first class requirements in only five months.
I agree that these boys are moving fast (patrol campouts every week, etc.),
and there's a case to be made that they're moving too fast. However, if a
Scoutmaster feels that these boys are not yet ready to receive rank
advancement, isn't the Scoutmaster's Conference the time to determine this?
In the case that I mentioned, the Scoutmaster has signed off all 10 boys for
Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks at each of their
individual Scoutmaster's Conferences and they all passed their Boards of
Then we come to the current situation of the Scoutmaster and the Committee
Chairman "putting on the brakes" by not wanting to double up on any of
the official "Positions of Responsibility", nor will they approve of a
Scoutmaster-assigned leadership project for each of these 10 Scouts to carry
out. The result of this policy is that these Scouts will have to wait 6 or
12 months for Troop elections to cycle around until they can work on the
"Position of Responsibility" requirement for Star Rank. It is my belief
that if these Scouts were not yet ready to work on requirements for Star
Rank, then why were they awarded First Class rank?
As a member of our Troop's Committee, I would like to feel that these boys
are being dealt with fairly.