scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Putting on the Brakes
Jim McMaster (mcmaster@FALCON.STORTEK.COM
Fri Aug 18 2000 - 13:36:35 CDT
In message <399D6F40.C5C6100C@ncmail.net>, Darryl Hammill said:
> 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.
The prohibition is in adding or removing from badge requirements, not rules.
A troop can set any requirement it likes for office-holders. This is not
addressed by BSA that I am aware.
> Secondly, I was not aware that "all" positions are elected" was a rule either.
The Scoutmaster's Handbook and Patrol Leader's Handbook lay out one possible
way to select troop officers, that is electing an SPL and PLs who then
appoint their "staff" positions. Other troops run position selections
differently. Again, BSA has no firm rules on this.
> If a Scout earns a Rank or a Merit Badge he should never have to wait.
The problem here is the troop is not making it possible for the young Scouts
to fulfill advancement requirements, not denying them badges they have earned.
Please note I disagree with the attitude of this troop, but they are not
violating any rules of the BSA. They have a right to do things in their own
way, even if many of the rest of us believe their decisions to be wrong. The
BSA has made this argument itself in other contexts recently.