Eagles, getting them there!
(no name) ((no email))
Thu, 26 Sep 1991 17:16:00 MST
Hurry for you Don! In my troop, I have taken on the job of getting the
cattle prode out and pushing the scouts to finish up (or at least keep
going). I have not done much in the Life to Eagle range since we have only
had a few scouts in the range, but I BRING IT UP IN BOARDS OF REVIEW.
Looking forward to working on your First Class? ..., Are you interested in
continuing until you reach Eagle? I lead into the question even in our
Second Class Boards of Review. In Star Boards of Review (small troop but I
have two of those coming up next month) we talk about plans to reach Life
and then we will extend that to Eagle. Are you planning on finishing up
your Eagle during your first year in High School?
AT OUR LIFE SCOUT BOARDS OF REVIEW,
I GIVE THEM THE APPLICATION FOR EAGLE (or the ScoutMaster does it in the
SCM conference) and I GO OVER IT WITH THE SCOUT. What are you going to
work on next? Any Project ideas? (Sure he has 4-10 merit badges to
go, but nothing says he has to complete the merit badges before he does his
project.) I will not do the work for them, but I will give them the forms
they need, help them fill out the forms if asked and I will help the scout
with any questions and his project IF ASKED. I will also give them many
opportunities to get going by trying to point them in the correct
direction. But I will not do their work for them. I have seen several Daddy's
earn their Eagle again through their scouts and I do not want to do that.
Next month at our District Camporee, the staff has planned to do some
leadership seminars for the Unit Leaders and for the Star, Life, and Eagle
Scouts. I will be doing one of those seminars on LIFE TO EAGLE. This is
one way I plan to reach those troops which do not do what I am doing with
my troop. I will not get everytroop in the district, or every Life Scout,
but again, I am presenting them with an opportunity to speak with and ask
questions of the District Advancement Chairman. In this case I will also
give the scoutmasters a chance to ask questions about the new Eagle Scout
Workbook. (I just hope I can get answers to those questions before they ask
Don, there is nothing wrong with asking a Life Scout, "What are you working
on for your Eagle this month?" After a month of this he will start doing
something, just so he does not have to repeat, "I am going to start on ....
merit badge." He will do that because at the next meeting after he tells
you he as started on ... merit badge, you ask him how are you doing with
... merit badge, have you completed requirment one yet? You get the drift.
With seven Life Scouts, your troop needs someone assigned full time to keep
on top of those Scouts.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City