Per the GTA, nothing may be added or subtracted form the rank requirements. If this is so can someone explain how a sm can make a scoutmaster conference last 8 meetings over 4 months (8 meetings) with the repeated explanation given that the scout hasn’t shined in the troop. All requirements are signed off in the book at the SM conference . The only other requirement not signed off is scout spirit. All other requirements have been signed off including leadership.
It has been repeatedly stated to several scouts of this troop that star and life ranks are not just earned they are deserved and come at a point the scout is ready to handle the rank they are moving up into. Further it is the SM and his prerogative to determine when a scout is ready for that rank.
Can anyone provide guidance to support or refute these points of view and show where completion of a conference is not just taking part but can include any other conditions placed on the scout by leadership.
Specific references from literature other than the GTA would be appreciated as I believe the GTA does handle this matter but the leadership when confronted with points from the guide use the statement it’s their right as the leader to do it this way.
Thank you in advance.