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  1. FaithfulScouter

    How do you encourage Scouts who lose elections?

    In this instance I would think the SM has to do the advocating on behalf of the Scout. He signed off on the Scoutmaster conference with the belief that this young man was ready. The Scout had five people doing a Life BOR, four of whom did not know the Scout and what he has achieved outside of the requirements. In my opinion, the guide to advancement needs to be revisited, and the SM needs to address the Unit Commissioner and CC about this boy and why, in their opinion, his leadership was considered 'marginal'. The message given to the Scout and the chit chat among the adults seems to differ, unfortunately. @Buggie - I have also learned that you must advocate for your own Scout. MANY leaders are unaware of guidelines, and/or follow their own set of rules. However, be prepared for the fallout, because when these issues are escalated many times the district wants no part of it, and they let it go. Even if you raise it to the Council it can often be ignored. You (and quite possibly your child) will have a black mark next to your name for trying to do things the right way, and the offender carries on. Trust me, I know from experience.
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    How do you encourage Scouts who lose elections?

    We have had quite a bit of turnover on the Committee. The COR is the interim CC and the AC position is also vacant, which most likely prompted his visit. I do not know the official reason for his visit, to be honest. This person was historically our district Chair of Advancement too, so talk about pressure on the Scout! I have confidence in our SM, but since our boys will be evaluated outside of our Troop for Eagle, I guess they need to be doubly prepared....
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    How do you encourage Scouts who lose elections?

    @qwazse My concern is that if District reps believe that PL and SPL are the only way to show leadership then those boys who cannot win elections are at a serious disadvantage. Our Troop has 45 boys. This boy is just one example, and thankfully our SM works hard to address the needs of these boys.
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    How do you encourage Scouts who lose elections?

    We have a boy who has run for PL twice and lost. He was appointed OA Rep and according to our SM, he has been the most active and best rep in recent memory. He attended most OA meetings, NOAC training, volunteered to help run multiple OA elections, etc. The boy also volunteered a significant number of hours outside of the Troop, and was the only religious emblem candidate the Troop has had in many years. And yet, at his Life BOR he was very nearly denied because the Committee, headed by the visiting Unit Commissioner, felt that his leadership was marginal. I guess the SM and Unit Commissioner have very different standards for leadership.
  5. Interested in hearing your thoughts (and hopefully words of encouragement!) for boys who run for leadership positions but who never seem to get elected. What do you say to the Scout? How can you help them show leadership for rank advancement and personal development? Thanks!
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    Another Committee Chair Resignation...

  7. We have been with our Troop for approximately 18 months, and the third Committee Chair has resigned. The COR is involved but from my observations, it would seem that the SM influences them to endorse individuals who do not have strong leadership qualities. The last two have been disastrous, with zero leadership, no control of meetings, no meeting agendas, etc. I have to believe that the SM selects these people so they will not offer him any challenges, and will just do as he says. Our SM is wonderful with the boys and is a very approachable guy but the Committee is very frustrated and disorganized....
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    Scout Dishonesty During an Eagle Project

    The project was a renovation of an exterior structure and the Scout was to speak to an Assistant Scout Master who is a builder. The Scout tried to set up a time with the ASM but did not follow up when the initial time was not within the ASM's schedule.
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    Scout Dishonesty During an Eagle Project

    Does the Charter Organization rep have to be involved in this? It was suggested that the rep has to sign off on any Committee decision regarding the situation.
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    Scout Dishonesty During an Eagle Project

    Should the Committee invite the Scout to speak to them about the situation and explain his actions? Keep in mind, not only did he lie, he also jeopardized other people's safety. Does the Committee decide on any potential consequences? Should the SM or Committee Members reconconvene with the parents and the Scout to discuss consequences? Can the Troop bar the Scout's confrontational parent from attending Troop functions? What should happen to the money that was already raised for the initial project?
  11. Our Troop Committee recently learned that one of our Scouts lied to the Committee while presenting an update on his Eagle Scout project. The Scout was asked if a specific person had reviewed the proposal and photos and the Scout said he had, and that he had discussed other aspects of the project with him too. Upon later review, structural and safety issues were revealed. The project has now been suspended and the Scout will have to start over with another one. Time is not a concern because he is a young teenager. District Advancement and Council has been involved, although it would seem not to the CC or AC's satisfaction. Further complicating the issue is that one of the Scout's parents has escalated the issue with near physical confrontations with the SM and members of the Committee. As a Troop Committee, how should we move forward?
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    Committee Members for BORs

    My understanding is that the Unit has a responsibility to implement training at a meeting, in addition to individual and family work on it. If the Unit has not, should the individual Scout be held responsible, or have his advancement postponed?
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    Committee Members for BORs

    Unfortunately it is not my responsibility as a Committee member to decide the size of the overall Committee. It is clear that we have a knowledge gap with these two individuals, and yet they are the ones reviewing our boys (and providing inaccurate information).
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    Committee Members for BORs

    We have 20+ registered Committee Members, but there is a core group of 6-8 people who attend all monthly meetings, make decisions, etc.
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    Committee Members for BORs

    Our Troop Committee has approximately 20 members, not all active. Our Advancement Coordinator has been in the role for at least a year. When it is time for a BOR, it is always the Advancement Coordinator, the CC, and one other member who do them. I had expressed concern because I thought we should rotate Committee members for training purposes, and to enrich the experience for all. However, when the emails are sent to request Committee participants the very same people always respond first. Hmmmm... Our AC is not very knowledgeable, and our CC is very new and inexperienced. Our CC has relayed incorrect information during a BOR, threatening to add requirements. At a recent Committee Meeting the AC made sure to mention that the boys coming up for review had to have their Cyber Chip, but she had no idea how they were to do it, or that she was responsible for the renewals. How do your Troops usually handle choosing or requesting Committee Members for BORs?
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