Thursday, March 15, 2018

Counsel for a new Committee Chair

My ward just "hired" a new Committee Chair, whom my son called to set up a Board of Review. Not knowing what he already may know, I offered the following:

I don't know how much you've read up on the BOR process, but here are some things I have learned over the years.

  1. I can't sit on [son]'s Board (parents don't sit on their own sons' boards)
  2. Scoutmasters also don't sit on Boards.  They can observe, but they're not part of the Board.  In fact, they're not even Committee members. However, as advisors to the Committee, they represent the troop's plans and needs to the committee. It's the committee's job to take care of all the administrivia so the SM can focus on working with Scouts and not the logistical stuff, et.al.
  3. A Board consists of at least three Committee members. To my knowledge, in our ward, that's you & Sister GGGG (I have been considered as a committee member, but I'm not registered as such) and you could include the Chartered Org. Rep., either Br. VVVV or Br. PPPP.
  4. It's not a test of the Scout's skills and knowledge, but an evaluation of how well the program is serving the Scouts, how well it's being implemented and delivered to them.
  5. It's really about the Scout. He only has to "complete" a board, not pass it.  (see #4).  Flexibility is an important piece of it, and a Scout is never punished for adults' actions.  As you get more familiar with the process, you'll probably come to see how this process has, in many cases, been corrupted into a kind of Spanish Inquisition (nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition), and pitfalls to avoid.

Take a look the district newsletter for more ideas.  The one from last December has some good advice (page 7)

It seems like a lot to take in, but one thing I appreciate about Scouting is just how much there is in the way of guidance, unlike most other callings.  Download the Guide to Advancement, and get familiar with its contents (Section 8 deals with the BOR, PDF version here).  This will give you the definitive background, process and ground rules.  There are also many great blogs that will help you get up to speed.  One of the best is "Ask Andy." Just use the search box to find what he has to say about BORs.  I also did a term search on my own blog and came up with this.  One of the best things you can do to get the information you need will be to attend 'spring basic training'.  This will be held on April 12, 6:30-9:00 at the WX North Stake building, 1509 W 1500 S. [Great Salt Lake Council, District 3]

Memorize the Mission and Vision of Scouting.  The Board of Review is really an evaluation of how well those are being delivered to the Scouts.  Try to structure your Boards to see how well the Aims and Methods are being used.

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