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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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To answer your question, the CC is responsible for the BOR. Ideally they delegate the responsibility to another adult. 

You are in a tough spot because you are going to have to bring this up to the CC and/or committee. At the moment don't worry about passing around the responsibility. Your committee (and SM) need to get trained to how the advancement system works. If I were you, I would get all the documentation I could to learn exactly how the advancement process works and where the adults fit in. When you confront the CC and committee, you need to present facts back by the BSA. I say confront, but that sounds a bit harsh for how you discuss this subject. You don't want to get them defensive. You want to help inform the team so that they can be more efficient and not create some confussion down the road when a scout is getting ready for his EBOR. 

Barry

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2 hours ago, qwazse said:

Star Rank, Req 6

Cyber Chip is part of requirement 4 for Scout rank as well.  Both were included in the 2016 revisions to the requirements.

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FaithfulScouter, a (non-Eagle) BOR is supposed to be composed of between three and six troop committee members, so it's not just a matter of the same three responding to the emails first.  If anybody else is volunteering, up to a total of six, they should be participating as well.  (Personally I think six is too many, certainly at the lower ranks, but I don't make the rules.)

In my troop the Advancement Coordinator (currently me) chairs all BOR's unless he cannot be there, and the AC others to serve.  I do rotate the BOR spots around among the committee members who have expressed interest in doing BOR's.  (Some did not know they were interested until I recruited them to be interested.)

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4 hours ago, qwazse said:

:huh:

Star Rank, Req 6

So, Luddites get a pass. Anyone reading this, not so much.

Thanks for the correction Qwazse.

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@NJCubScouter, do you invite new parents who aren't on the committee to sit in on the BoR (of someone other than their son)? It seems that that is a great way to get them involved.

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7 minutes ago, qwazse said:

@NJCubScouter, do you invite new parents who aren't on the committee to sit in on the BoR (of someone other than their son)? It seems that that is a great way to get them involved.

That is exactly what we do. During my stint as SM, we had two or three BOR leaders who recruited parents standing around, including new parents. The scouts have to request a BOR by signing up on a BOR request sheet. We always try to do the review the same day they sign up, which requires building a board with those standing around at that moment. The leaders give the volunteers a list of basic questions to help them get involved. Typically the leader starts with a few questions to set a tone for the BOR and to keep the question appropriate. As you said, it is a great way for parents to get involved.

Barry

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On 4/13/2018 at 2:59 PM, qwazse said:

@NJCubScouter, do you invite new parents who aren't on the committee to sit in on the BoR (of someone other than their son)? It seems that that is a great way to get them involved.

Yes, if I think the person is suited for the role.  We have gotten several new committee members that way.

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