"The reason I only do SM Conferences on camp outs is to get the senior leadership on the camp out so that they should be on leading younger scouts. My expectation for Star and Life Scout should and is more rigorous since they are moving into Leadership roles." Like I stated, I get the rationale behind his policy but the inflexibility of it is both disappointing and appears to violate the spirit of the rules (e.g. a different standard for higher ranks is adding requirements).   Yep. Lesson learned the hard way. Won't ever make that mistake again. SM conference will be requested immediately on the next camp out after advancement and he can either comply or refuse. This is our first poor interaction so while it has occurred to me, it isn't something we are seriously considering. That might change based on the response I get from the CC and/or others.