kwildman wrote:after 2nd class rank - we make our boys responsible for getting their BOR done. They must contact at least 3 committee members and coordinate a time for their review. We do this to put the responsibility on them and also so that they have more interaction with other adults in the Troop.
Yeah, this has come up here before... But, it is solely the SM's responsibilty for requesting a BOR, not the Scout's. At the very most, the Scout and the SM can approach the designated MC (typically, this is the Troop's Advancement chair; but, there should be alternates) together. Or, they can contact the first three MCs they can find. (A good reason to have three MCs at Troop meetings.) But, again, it is the SM's responsibility to get it setup and the committee's responsibility to get it DONE, as soon as practically possible.
Also, a Scout can request (or, even the SM can send a Scout before) a BOR at anytime! He does not have to be ready to advance! I.e., He may want an informal practice run, or advice. Or, the SM can send him in for a discipline issue, for example.
There was a really, really good Supplemental Training module on SMCs at Scouting.org; but, alas, the links (on their website) are broken... Probably because they haven't re-written it, yet.
I tried to upload a copy here (and on the wiki); but it's too large... 2.6Mb. You can get it here:Scoutmaster Conference, Supplemental Training Module, BSA No. 18-629
CAVEAT: This file is a couple of years old and is currently UNAVAILABLE at Scouting.org... possibly, due to a pending re-write to account for recent changes in advancement policies. Nonetheless, it remains an excellent resource--just keep any potential policy changes in mind.==============================
UPDATE: Links at Scouting.Org have been fixed...