We have a Life Scout (as of Dec 2018) who completed his Camping Merit Badge last year. As a younger scout, he was a regular on all our monthly trips. He has been and remains active in meetings, troop service projects, PLC meetings, etc.
Late last year, he took a job with weekend hours, and has not attended any camping trips since.
The Scoutmaster told him in order to qualify as “actively participating” in the troop, he must be attending campouts, so doesn’t want to count the six months since his Life BOR as active. He’d like to re-start the clock now, and require the scout attend 70% of the outings to qualify for an Eagle BOR (In addition, obviously, to the project, etc).
- Is it OK to wait until after the kid has served six months (he’s an Instructor, had been Patrol Leader) to inform him his service is sub-standard? (I’m confident this requirement was not communicated by the SM previously.)
- Is there a requirement to camp, other than for the merit badge? (Save the trolling, I’m fully supportive that he SHOULD camp). If yes, is 70% reasonable?
OR, Is this a case of a unit leader going beyond the published requirements for advancement?
Thanks for the wisdom.