We had a lively meeting this week, while the senior leaders prepared the Troop for our intra-patrol Klondike/winter skills event. Our outdoor program is where you can learn and develop scout skills while having fun.
Advancement Corner – Rank Advancement Process
Unlike Cub Scouts where a parent signs off, the Boy Scout Rank requirements are signed off by the Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Scoutmasters (ASM) and Scoutmaster (SM).
First, bring your Scout Book to every meeting. Keep track of camping nights, service projects which you can log and have an ASM or SM sign off in the back of your book. The book record of your advancement. The Troop maintains these lists in another application called Troop Master, but it is good practice for the scouts to do their own record keeping. When you have learned skills and ready for sign off, the first person you should ask is your patrol leader (PL). Your patrol leader is your first point of contact to show or demonstrate the skills and have them sign off. The patrol leader makes an effort to learn what his scouts need. So when there are Troop activities, those that need cooking (for example) have that opportunity. If the PL is not available, please check with the ASPL or SPL and they can review, sign and date the books.
For senior scouts, that is, higher than 1st class, many or most of those requirements have to be signed off by an ASM or SM and /or the Advancement Chair. Specifically, the requirements for merit badges earned should be signed off by Mr. O’Neil, Advancement Chair.
We will service projects next week.
This blog is a weekly message from the Scoutmaster.