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Everything posted by MrBob

  1. zuzy - you'd have to call your local council office and ask them regarding the procedure.
  2. The most important responsibility of a Keeper of the Sacred Bundle is to keep the sacred bundle.
  3. He cannot be MBC for "all" merit badges... if he's signing off on merit badges he's not registered for, all of those merit badges are invalid. Which would explain why he never turns in any advancement reports.
  4. No, there's no requirement... its just one of the METHODS of the program. But don't let that stand in your way. UniformThe uniform makes the Boy Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. Boy Scouting is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Boy Scout's commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Boy Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals. The uniform is practical attire for Boy Scout activities and provides a way for Boy Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.
  5. "Are you saying I'm not a real Eagle? Perhaps I've proved my point."
  6. If he hates being in the unit, due to the emotional stress caused by his Scoutmaster - someone who, as SPL, he needs to work closely with - why should he stay? You're basically advocating that someone stay in an abusive relationship and just "work it out".
  7. So... don't have a church as your CO. Is there a VFW post or similar in the area? I have yet to find a VFW post that would actively refuse to charter a Scout unit
  8. We usually have one last check at the lad's Eagle Court of Honor. Haven't had to rip a medal off a Scout's uniform yet, but you never know!!! (I kid, I kid!!!)
  9. Probably not old enough if you missed the reference to The Star Chamber Or, perhaps, the secret English court of law.
  10. We expect our Scouts to follow the rules, yet we just can't seem to resist the urge to bend, twist, and snap them based on our own personal whims, eh?
  11. That (based on the description) has YPT violations written all over it.
  12. Which I quoted, from the BSA's own official publication on the matter, thus are, in fact, "da actual official definition".
  13. "The BSA discourages mock or practice boards of review. “Practice†reviews may imply that board members will ask predetermined questions or that the board of review is anticipated to be other than a positive experience." G2A, pg. 56 "10. An Eagle candidate may have only one board of review (though it may be adjourned and reconvened). Subsequent action falls under the appeals process. (See “Appealing a Decision,†" G2A, pg. 59 Don't do "troop" board of review prior to the "real thing", unless everyone participating, including the Scout and his parents, are completely aware that its a mock review and that it doesn't count and agree to it, otherwise you'll trigger an appeals process.
  14. A Scout is Thrifty. A Scout works to pay his own way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
  15. The BSA definition is on page 24-25 of the current Guide to Advancement, that I linked to you in reply #3, above. But, I'll paste the info below, so you don't have to go to the trouble... If your unit doesn't currently have "reasonable expectations" documented somewhere in writing, you really should NOT make something up NOW and try to apply that retro-actively to someone who only has 5 months left. That's intentionally setting him up for failure - changing the rules mid-way through.
  16. Well, it sounds like your son has things figured out - good for him. All you need to do now is sit back and be supportive of his decision
  17. There is only one board of review for each rank. If your Council does Eagle BORs at the District- or Council-level (like mine does), then that's it - there's no unit-level pre-BOR.
  18. In my opinion, Scout's best course of action would be to at least TALK TO the Scoutmaster of another Troop, preferably one that has had little to no history with the current Troop. Explain the situation, past & present and how its making him feel about himself and about Scouting in general. Ask this Scoutmaster if he has any suggestions for how to proceed. Perhaps this SM will suggest contacting Council and going that route. Perhaps the SM will hand Scout a transfer application. Perhaps he'll tell Scout "you know.. your SM isn't being unreasonable.. buck up, young man." Don't know. Yes, this Scout could "go over his SM's and CC's heads" and follow the route of a "Disputed Circumstances" board of review. However if he does so, he will permanently burn bridges between himself and those two adults. If he receives his Eagle this way, he'll need to find a new Troop, because based on what we've heard so far, the current SM will treat him like crap afterwards. If he does NOT receive his Eagle this way, he'll never get an SMC/BOR out of this Troop. They'll hold his side-step attempt over his head until he ages out. Either way, he'll be looking for a new Troop, if he doesn't just outright quit the program.
  19. He. Needs. To. Find. A. New. Troop. Right. Now.
  20. In addition to Stosh's advice, I would inquire with your local Council... cuz, if I'm not mistaken, that's supposed to be on of the things "Family/Friends of Scouting" dollars is supposed to assist with.
  21. The official definition of "ACTIVE" is on page 24 of the Guide to Advancement, section http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf
  22. Why would I waste any time reading unmoderated anonymous comments on a web site that is ranked in the top-5 for trolling?
  23. Lack of understanding of the program? Lack of interested leaders? That's just an awful shame
  24. I just can't comprehend how that's possible... were the den leaders just that remiss in doing their jobs? or were the boys/parents that dis-engaged in the program? Its not like Tiger, Wolf, or Bear are THAT complicated (especially under the pre-2015 requirements - hell, you could ALMOST knock those rank requirements out over two or three weekends at home).
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