Reviewing, Retesting, O.A., and Webelos
More questions and answers about the Scoutmaster’s conference and our review process.
In addition we’ll discuss Webelos woes; how can we get them excited about being in a Scout troop?, encouraging cooperation between Order of the Arrow and the troop when it looks like O.A. responsibilities may be cutting into Scout’s responsibilities in the troop, and how a new Scoutmaster can get older Scouts on his side.
Here’s the posts I mentioned in the introduction about, B.P.’s Calm and Cheery post, The Authority of Youth leadership,and A New Scoutmaster in the Volcano.
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Thad Hatchett says
I’m Thad Hatchett, Scoutmaster of Troop 557 in Columbus, Indiana and I have a question…
When you discussed the Guide to Advancement Section 188.8.131.52 during your podcast you read something that struck me as odd, so I went and read it again when I got home. The Guide to Advancement states, “it is appropriate to advise the young man that he might not pass the board
and to make suggestions about what he might do to improve his chances for success.”
Since a board of review is not a retest, other than having not completed the requirements, what would constitute a reason to have a scout not pass his board? The statement “to improve his chances” makes the board of review seem less cut and dried and more subjective.
Thanks again for all you do. I look forward to your podcast every week.
Clarke Green says
Hey Thad – Glad you are enjoying the podcast!
There really isn’t a specific explanation as to what would cause a Scout not to pass a board of review in the GTA. I haven’t had a Scout turned down at a board of review in memory (thirty years worth0. I have heard of Scouts being turned down for things expressly forbidden by the GTA (no uniform, etc.).
I suppose there’s circumstances when a Scout wouldn’t pass, but I’d think they would be extraordinarily rare.
Bill Macfarlane says
I seem to remember a wise podcast sage in an early podcast had to say something about Scoutmaster conferances that has stuck with me…
Even a negative Scoutmaster’s conference is still a Scoutmaster’s conference.