"No council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to, or subtract from, advancement requirements. There are limited exceptions relating only to youth members with special needs. For details see section 10, 'Advancement for Members With Special Needs.'" Guide to Advancement at p. 2.
Everyone else "implements and facilitates" according to B.S.A. Id. at p. 10. 10, including the unit Advancement Coordinator, who is trained that it is important that everyone understands that a Scout completes the requirements as written.
The Council Advancement Committee, directly and by delegated authority to District Advancement Committees, support BSA's program and no one else's program. Id. at p. 12. To that end, district, council, and national committees, as the case may require, act on appeals that BSA requirements and practices have not been followed. Id. at 13. No one from the CO or unit has a say in the membership or has a vote in the committee. Their role is to supply information to the appeal committees. Id. at p. 61.
There is no provision in BSA's rules for a rank to be taken back or suspended. To do so would be adding to the requirements and is absolutely prohibited. All that follows the completed Board of Review is recognition. Id. at p. 23.
The the date of the completed Board of Review is the advancement date. Id. at p. 55. There is no other provided by BSA. For a unit, person, or Council to set a different date for any reason is absolutely prohibited as an addition to the rules of BSA. See id. at p. 2.
I think you describe BSA's behavior in some cases, not what the legal agreements say in which the CO agrees to follow the program as set out by BSA. and not what BSA says regarding its rules. Man is imperfect clay.
Edited by TAHAWK, 26 February 2017 - 07:40 PM.