Re: New Eagle Scout Service Workbook
(no name) ((no email))
Thu, 26 Sep 1991 08:34:00 EDT
I mhave not seen the finalized form but I did have some input as well as perhaps
some others on the list...
About three years ago, National sent a letter to Eagle Scouts asking about the
entire experience of working toward Eagle. Not suprisingly, the majority of the
answers that were returned (Eagle Scouts not responding?? Nah...) centered on
the process of the Eagle Service Project.
Many Councils use some form of "eagle scout service project booklet" to
simplify and streamline the process....two Regions (the Western and North
Central) attempted to "force" all of its Councils to adopt something to use.
Many did not, citing that "The Eagle Scout Service Project cannot be condensed
into a four-page summary or a eight-lined entry on a application". Others
cited what I felt: "professionally-completed workbooks" will be sent to the
Council with color photos and other "high-browed" details...what we wanted to
see and know was whether or not the Scout planned, organized, led and evaluated
a service project to give service back to his community or chartered partner..
not the extent of his (or someone else's) creativity.
I have not seen the new workbook, but I have heard that it was coming along
with some other changes to the Boy Scouting program this coming Janurary. I
warned a lot of us on the list about the changes this summer from Alexandria.
Many of the changes were done because the BSA didn't listen to the volunteers
in the field and relied on professionals and key volunteers in the "test case
Councils and Regions". (One change I can talk about is the elimination of the
Venture program for older Scouts...it seems that Exploring was good enough
for those Scouts that wanted to stay active...but then, how many 16 and 17
year olds are *really* active???)
I think that the new workbook will streamline things a lot...but I also fear
that it will cause Council Advancement Committees a lot of heartache and pain
when two good projects come up..one presented nicely, as if someone took the
handwritten notes, placed them on a laser printer, and "typeset" them; the
other, just as hard to do, was handwritten with some errors in grammar or
spelling...it has a bearing on the "attitude" of the Board when the youth
(folks..look out...part two may be that Councils will pick up the responsibility
for conducting ALL of the Eagle Boards of Review and each District will not
have that responsibility no longer....what this means is that the traditional
Board with Troop Committee members and two representatives from the Council
Advancement Committee may be a quiet memory in the near future....)
Settummanque!@HEY! Why can't they just leave things the way they are???
Faculty Advisor, Bluegrass Scouting Alliance Club/EKU
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City