If a Scout demands a SMC and/or a BOR, he cannot be denied -- Period.
This applies at any rank, incl. Palms!
(Yes; there are explicit procedures in the GTA pertaining to "issues" for the Eagle Scout rank; but, they almost exclusively address one or more adults (and, not
the candidate) at the unit-, district-, or council-level, "acting a fool"... thus, causing National to get involved in crap the locals are "supposed" to know. [How's that for bluntness?])
However, just because a Scout gets a SMC/BOR, that does not mean the SM/MC has to quote, "sign it off". And, here's why....
....because there's more than one type of SMC/BOR!
- Aside from the (obvious) 'Advancement' SMC/BOR...
- A Scout can and should ask for a SMC to check his progress (especially, if he feels the SM ain't doing so),
- A Scout may request a "mock" 'Advancement' SMC; the SM should oblige such requests.
- A Scout may even request a "mock" 'Advancement' BOR; the SM should give this due consideration.
- The SM should have multiple (mini-) 'Progress' SMCs with a Scout between ranks. (See addl. paras. below.)
- The SM can (and should!) initiate a SMC for a Scout's 'lack of advancement', or for 'discipline'
- And, should conditions warrant, the SM should initiate a BOR for a Scout's serious 'lack of advancement', or a serious 'discipline' issue.
I mean, come on... does a good SM really say, "Okay, kid... you're ready for your 2nd Class BOR; go to room 103; they're waiting for you there. Come back and see me when you're ready for 1st Class and we'll talk again, then."
Of course not! The SM who is doing his/her job properly will have several (well, at least multiple 'Mini'
-SMCs... meh, maybe not the best word... let's say 'Progress'
SMCs) along the way. Problem is... most SMs don't even know that they're actually doing SMCs all the time! (As far as I'm concerned, every time the SM has a one-on-one chat with a Scout and asks an open-ended question... then, a SMC has just occurred.)
See/download the following (at Scouting.Org > Training > Supplemental Training
See also: Post #p37841: 'SM Conferences'
-and- Post #p37846: 'SM Conferences'