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) between an SM then an ASM holding these meetings with the repeated explanation most recently given that the scout hasn’t “shined” in the troop. All requirements are signed off in the book at the SM conference, not before making it confusing when the conference isn’t signed off after even the first one. Currently, the only other requirement not signed off is scout spirit (edit). 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. How this fits into the requirements as written other than scout spirit is one of the questions.
Can anyone provide guidance to support or refute these points of view on the SM part and show where completion of a conference is not just taking part but can include any other conditions placed on the scout by leadership. This is the main focus of this inquiry but appreciate the points of views offered (edit).
Specific references from literature other than the GTA would be appreciated supporting the SM point of view as I believe the GTA does handle this matter but the leadership when confronted with these points from the guide use the statement it’s their right as the leader to do it this way.
Thank you in advance.