scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Intent of Rank Requirement Option
Settummanque, the blackeagle ((MAJ Mike L. Walton) (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Tue Aug 29 2000 - 22:01:25 CDT
Chris & Paula Sheridan wrote and asked:
>I know that the Boy Scout handbook and rank requirements have gone through a
>few revisions over the history of BSA. Does anyone know the original
>reasoning behind providing the option of a Scoutmaster-assigned leadership
>project as an alternative to the "officially" recognized positions of
>responsibility? (Rank requirement #5 for Star & Life.)
I don't have all of my resources here in the hotel room with me, guys, but
I can go back to 1963 to see that the alternative to the "recognized"
positions would be a "Scoutmaster-Assigned project".
The intent of the change was simple: it was needed because back then, the
typical Troop only had seven senior leadership positions which counted:
Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader,
Scribe, Quartermaster, Librarian and Den Chief. Junior Assistant
Scoutmaster was added later, but it was viewed more as as bridge between
the "Senior Scout" and Assistant Scoutmasters (and JASMs had MORE
RESPONSIBILITY than the JASMs of today). Later, Instructors were added as
a "leadership position" (before then, Instructors and JASMs were considered
adjuncts to the Troop operation).
The additional leadership positions, and the addition of the Assistant
Patrol Leader as a leadership position, was added in 1972 except for Troop
Historian and Chaplain Aide, which were added two years later. The Troop
Guide position was added when the revisions to the Troop Operations Plan
took effect in 1989. We added the Venture Crew Chief and the Varsity Team
Captain in 1994 and then took them both out four years later, and finally
the Troop and Team Representatives were added last year.
So, the intent is, as it always is, to give the Scoutmaster, Coach, Advisor
or Skipper some flexibility in providing a good leadership experience to a
young Scout. After all, what do you do with a Scout who is too young to be
a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, but has done all of the leadership
positions in the Troop before he turned 15?
I hope that others join in with additional information other than what
little stuff I've got here; Jessi has sent my "basic stuff" here to me over
the last weekend so I may have them all here by the time Labor Day
Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
Crystal City, VA
> Has this option
>always been there, or was it added recently? Is this option available
>primarily to accommodate disabled Scouts or the Lone Scout?
>Thanks in advance,