Thu, 15 Nov 1990 16:51:00 MST
Paul took the words out of my mouth about Scouting Magazine, I was going to
start writing about it when his message came in.
There are several guidelines that should be followed when selecting an
Eagle Scout Service Project. Among the most important things the project
must demonstate the Scouts LEADERSHIP ABILITY. There are some other things
that District (Councils) and National are looking for when approving Eagle
Scout Service Projects. In Catalina Council they have a packet of papers
to give to Life Scouts about working toward the Eagle Scout Rank. Every
Council should have one of these (they may not, but they should). It
should be given to the Life Scout at his ScoutMasters Conference for Life
or after the Board of Review for life. The ScoutMaster and the Life
Scout should discuss the material in the packet, in particular, the
material on the service project. This way the scout knows about the prior
approval for the project. It also gets him thinking about Eagle.
Now, how many projects actually take the amount of hours projected? How
many projects require the projected work? For many scouts, this is a first
when it comes to planning something and projecting work loads, hours, etc.
Those estimates which end up correct, are luck. (Remember, like most of what
scouting does, this is a learning opportunity.) I have heard of only one
project being rejected, that I knew for sure was rejected. The project had
been pre-approved, but did not turn out to be the amount of work
anticipated. What work was done, did not seem to be sufficient for that of
someone who was to receive the Eagle. (I do not know if the local
board of review rejected the project or National.) The Scout was required
to add to this project in order to make it substantial enough for those
requesting this. He did (after his 18th birthday) and received his Eagle.
Please bear in mind that this was about 16 years ago, but it did happen.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City