Re: Delayed eagles
(no name) ((no email))
Thu, 26 Sep 1991 16:49:00 EDT
You have CONTINOUSLY stayed active in your Troop.
There are MANY Scouts that don't. They earn the merit badges,
maybe do the service project....but they haven't put pen to paper and
filled out the application or even attempted to go before a Board of
Review....many because "well, it'll be there when I'm ready."
There is a BIG difference between you and Don Izard's Scouts and those
16-year olds who come strolling into my meeting hall and say "well...I'm
Star now...what do I have to do to get Eagle??"
Or the 16 year old that discovered the automobile and leaves Scouting for
the high roads and the girls that come along for the ride. Yes, a social
life is important, but in deciding to go that route, he also decided that
Scouting..or the quest for the silver Eagle rather....is not worth it at
.......so he comes back to me at 17.5 or 17.9 and expects me to a) find him
a Eagle Service Project, b) fill out all of the paperwork that's associated
with this quest, c) basically lie that "yes, he has been active in his
Troop and Patrol since earning the Life badge on...24 August 1989, and d)
go to bat for him when his application reaches Chris' committee and to
tell them "He's been busy".
If I was on Chris' committee, I would point out one of Don's Eagle Scouts
and say, "yeah, so was he", before denying the application without a
REALLY GOOD APPEALS letter.
(Just remember folks, the local Council is not the only body that reads
these things....there is another committee at the National level that
reviews them and a couple of staff members that get them before the committee
does! Would *I* risk my neck on one of those "marginal Eagle candidates"??
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City