Scout advancement questions are often easy to answer …
… if you simply take things at face value. It’s actually all pretty easy to understand. Problems arise when Scouters don’t challenge their own assumptions after they have read the requirements or directions and policies in the Guide to Advancement.
This week I’ll answer three Scout advancement questions you’ve emailed me.
As always, I’ll encourage everyone to get a copy of the Guide to Advancement, read it and work to understand what it has to say. Here’s a link to a PDF version
In This Podcast
[0:19] Is this some kind of joke?
[9:20] Evaluating “active” for a Scout who has been away from the Troop for some time.
From the Guide to Advancement – 188.8.131.52 Active Participation
[12:05] First Class requirements 1a and 2a.
[14:48] What Scoutmaster conferences are supposed to be about.
From the Guide to Advancement – 184.108.40.206 Unit Leader (Scoutmaster) Conference
Scoutmaster Conference FAQ
Eagle Scoutmaster Conference
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Dean Roberts says
My Troop inherited scouts from another Troop where Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review would last 60 to 90 minutes and be nothing more than a retest. When I became Scoutmaster 4 months ago I created a Troop Handbook. One point that I emphasized in the handbook and to the Asst. Scoutmasters was that they are not opportunities for retesting. If we have a 1st Class Scout that cannot use EDGE to teach a basic skill it’s not exactly the Scout’s fault. It’s the program’s fault and we need to make corrections within the Troop.
Clarke, spot on answers on this week’s podcast.
What can be required for the show leadership requirement for an eagle palm?
Clarke Green says
The requirement reads “Make a satisfactory effort to develop and demonstrate leadership ability.” I don’t find any specific advice related to that requirement in the Guide to Advancement, so there are no specific policies, procedures, or limitations involved so far as I can tell.
I would simply discuss this with the Scout and ask them what they think fulfills this requirement. I can see many different ways this could be fulfilled in and out of Scouting.