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Policy to Make Scoutmaster Conference Request

All scouts, please use this form to request a scoutmaster conference. Scoutmaster conferences should be requested no later that a few days prior to the next upcoming scout meeting. For example, since our regular scout meetings occur on Wednesday evenings, please submit your scoutmaster conference request no later than Sunday evening. Scoutmaster conferences maybe requested during our outing events too, depending upon how many activities the troop has planned. If you do request to have a scoutmaster conference during an outing, please make that request at least one week prior, so it can be coordinated with the troop leaders.

Scoutmaster Conference Preparation

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General Information

A requirement for each rank advancement includes that a scout complete a scoutmaster conference.  This must be done before a scout can schedule his board of review.  This gives the scoutmaster the opportunity to ensure the scout is prepared for his board of review as well as giving the scoutmaster the opportunity to get to know the scout better and to see how he is progressing in the troop.

Scoutmaster Conference - Guidelines to Advancement

All scoutmaster conferences will follow the BSA process from the "Guidelines to Advancement - 2013" as described under section, "4.2.3.5 Unit Leader (Scoutmaster) Conference". The full document can be reviewed here.

GuideToAdvancement

This section states: The unit leader (Scoutmaster) conference, regardless of the rank or program, is conducted according to the guidelines in the Scoutmaster Handbook, No. 33009. Note that a Scout must participate or take part in one; it is not a “test.” Requirements do not say he must “pass” a conference. While it makes sense to hold one after other requirements for a rank are met, it is not required that it be the last step before the board of review. This is an important consideration for Scouts on a tight schedule to meet the requirements before age 18. Last-minute work can sometimes make it impossible to fit the conference in before then, so scheduling it earlier can avoid unnecessary extension requests. The conference is not a retest of the requirements upon which a Scout has been signed off. It is a forum for discussing topics such as ambitions and life purpose, goals for future achievement, and also for obtaining feedback on the unit’s program. In some cases, work left to be completed—and perhaps why it has not been completed—may be discussed just as easily as that which is finished. Ultimately, conference timing is up to the unit. Some leaders hold more than one along the way, and the Scout must be allowed to count any of them toward the requirement. Unit leaders do not have the authority to deny a Scout a conference that is necessary for him to meet the requirements for his rank. If a unit leader conference is denied, a Scout—if he believes he has fulfilled all the remaining requirements—may still request a board of review. See “Boards of Review Must Be Granted When Requirements Are Met,” 8.0.0.2. If an Eagle Scout candidate is denied a conference, it may become grounds for a board of review under disputed circumstances. See “Initiating Eagle Scout Board of Review Under Disputed Circumstances,” 8.0.3.2.

Please make your Scoutmaster Conference Request Here