This section is from the book "Scouting For Rural Boys. A Manual For Leaders", by Boy scouts of America. See also: Outdoor Adventure Manual: Essential Scouting Skills for the Great Outdoors.
The Lone Scout's "Friend and Counselor" serves really as the Lone Scout's Scoutmaster, and aids and cooperates with him in his advancement, handling tests and other details the same as do Scoutmasters of Troops and Tribes under the authorization of the Local Council and under its district organization plan. Where a Tribe of Lone Scouts exists, it may prove desirable to have certain awards made when the Tribe gathers every month, or so, on the same plan as for the Troop-or those meeting times may be the same as District Court of Honor date - though distance and transportation probably would dictate afternoon, rather than evening meetings.
What is the purpose of the Board of Review-Troop, Tribe, District or Council? Is it to reexamine the boy? No-despite the fact that some committees have so used it-that is not the purpose. There is no educational justification for a re-examination. Indeed the only logical justification for examinations (as usually constituted and given) is to establish the fact that they do not need to be repeated! What then should the Board of Review review?
1. To "view" with the young man what he has done to meet the other requirements not covered by Merit Badge work. It affords the young man the chance to tell the reviewer what was done and at the same time to unfold something of his own likes and interests.
2. "View" with the young man his own plans and encourage him in his ambitions for his future. Also to find out what the counselor has done in advising and guiding with the Scout, as well as seeing if there is anything which the reviewer can do to assist.
3. To "review" with the young man his record in trying to live the Scout Oath and Law. This inter-"view" should be personal and not in the hearing of other people. It should be based on the reports, previously secured by the Board, directly from those who deal with the Scout as his leaders and counselors.
HOUSES "TO RENT"-FOR MANY BIRDS
Whatever may be one's opinion as to "how much is enough" and "how much is too much" in the matter of badges and awards, public usage seems to make public functions of graduations and similar recognitions. Whether the Scout receives his certificate of progress from the Troop or Tribe Committee, the group Court of Honor, the District Court of Honor or the Council Court of Honor, the ceremony after all exists to recognize effort, and to encourage further effort. Certainly everyone in the process will be alert to see that activity, service and humility are never overshadowed by awards. Badges are sought not as tokens, but as steps in being better prepared, "to help other people at all times" in emergency and need.
1. Is a public meeting, educational as well as organizational.
2. Its program should be carefully planned in advance.
3. The program should not be too long and should move promptly and with dignity.
4. The program should point the Scout toward service-he is mastering so that he may serve.
5. The program should stress the Oath and Law and their place in American life.
6. Vocational and hobby friendships with outstanding men of various callings can be furthered by inviting them to the Court of Honor where men meet boys interested in their own life work or hobby interest.
7. The program must be kept interesting and attractive to boys, as well as understood by their parents.
8. Every rank is important to the Scout achieving it.
9. The program can easily deal with the whole group and the Scoutmaster, the Troop or Tribe Committee, the parents, the sponsoring institution by calling them often into some contact with fine men.
10. Conferring of individual awards may be supplemented by having an entire group come forward together, then single out individuals. Some uniformity in saluting would improve appearances generally.
11. Asking Scouts for suggestions to improve the Court of Honor program may bring some good suggestions from thoughtful boys.
12. Those in charge should be careful not to embarrass any Scout in the Court of Honor process. The Scout must enjoy it to want more of it and feel free to come often before these men.