AquilaNegra2 wrote:... and it explains the last letter we received (which includes the 75% number for any POR). I have a 17 y.o., almost-Eagle Scout who is going to have trouble with this. I guess it will only take away Eagle palms, but that's crappy. It appears that it's also going to apply to campouts as far as our troop is concerned. Finding a free weekend in a 17 year old's schedule is like digging for gold. ...
I can almost understand attendance percentages for a POR, but I'd rather see it (as it is now) communicated as did the youth fulfill (or close to it) the responsibilities of their position. For example, the SPL makes sure the troop meetings and activities are planned and MC'ed (whether he is there or not). If the meetings are unplanned or no one is there to MC them, take the SPL aside and/or replace him. Quartermaster takes care of the troop trailer (whether he is there or not). If gear is not organized or nothing is happening, communicate expectations and/or replace the quartermaster.
As for active percentages, the more I think about it I'm sad. The previous ACPP statement not allowing units to require a certain attendance percentage was a real protection for the scouts. Units could ignore it, but at least it was there to be used when people were trying to fix things. Now, over zealous leaders have a green light to set their own higher reasonable standards.
I will go out on a limb now.
BSA should just eliminate the 1st requirement for Star, Life and Eagle. It's a 100% redundant and a big distraction with the rank POR requirement. The time frames are the same. Plus if done right, a scout automatically fulfills the 1st requirement when he successfully servers "actively" in a POR. I just don't see a situation where the scout can succeed at a POR and not be active. IMHO, it can only happen if a scout is given a POR, never shows up and is never called out on it. But then, it seems extremely ridiculous to ever credit 4/6 months of POR to a scout that isn't active for those months. Plus the whole "active member of the troop" debate is just (inappropriate word removed). Every time I see it brought up it's because of troop issues (program, leaders, ...) and not an issue with the scout.