I should have added earlier, that I'm fairly sure (but can't recall an exact case) that we have had times where a board was delayed because the scout was not in full uniform at the meeting. It's not like the meeting started, just that the SM or someone would have just told him that he can't go for a BOR like that, let's do it next week....
Just when I thought I'd heard everything. We ask the Scout to stand at the beginning, give the Scout sign and recite the Oath and/or Law, but other than that the Scout is seated. It doesn't sound very reasonable to require the Scout to stand during the entire BOR.
I looked at the GTA (section 188.8.131.52) and it does not say anything about making Scouts stand during a BOR - though now that this has appeared in "print" maybe it will find its way into the 2019 version - but it does say this:
Having the Scout stand does not sound like a very "relaxed atmosphere" to me. Well, unless EVERYBODY is standing, but I assume that is not the case.
No, that's not the case. Typical set-up is 3 or sometimes 4 board members seated behind a table. SM or ASM escorts scout front and center, and is introduced.
For young scouts, the CC or Adv chair will usually give them a little coaching schpeel about standing up straight, being formal and respectful, etc... try to make them understand that they can be relaxed, but they should remain formal.... not in so many words, but that is the gist
then ask them if they can recite the oath, law, outdoor code
then the questioning begins...
The problem with Boy Scouts is that we let people run it who aren't BOYS.
Stand for the whole BOR is a new one on me. If you asked me what the ideal setting for a BOR was I would say some folks sitting around a campfire having a good discussion with a boy about his scouting experience. My troop rarely achieves that, but it seems the further away from that we are the less well we're doing it.
exactly my thoughts as well.
It wouldn't be sittin' around with feet propped up, munchin' on smores...
but comfortable and relaxed
for the less than ideal indoor setting, if it were up to me, I'd have the scout stand for the oath, etc.... then everyone would be seated, no table forming a symbolic wall, unless maybe if we were all just sitting around a table
I believe this practice was started as the troop norm long before the current folks were involved..... but they disagree with the idea of more relaxed settings. They think it should be like a job interview.... to which i say I never had a job interview where I stood the whole time.... no matter, they don't get it....
regardless....while I don't agree with the practice, don't let this picture I've painted make it seem like the scouts are standing at attention getting dressed down military style.... It's approaching that in concept but it's not that rigid. Not that bad.