Fri, 27 Sep 1991 10:42:35 EDT
I think that it is important that someone in the troop be provided for in the
troop to prod those scouts nearing the rank of Eagle. However, I thin k that
it is equally important that they serve more as an advisor and supporter.
Possibly suggesting projects, getting them the required paperwork (when asked),
proofreading the project proposal with them, etc. However, they should not be
pushing much. Being pushed to earn your Eagle by somebody else takes away the
sense of accomplishment (I didn't really care, but they did so .. . . ) At
least I would have felt that way. (I was always supported, was prodded a few
times, but never told that I had to do it.)
Its become pretty clear to me that some Eagle scouts fall in to the forced
category. Over the summer, I was fortunate enough to work an the ranger staff
at Philmont. I also met (and heard about) a few "Eagle Scouts". These Eagles
were definitely those that either earned the award for daddy, or the troop
feels that it has to have more Eagle scouts than any other in the area. I put
"Eagle Scout" in quotes because technically they are, but do not deserve to be.
A scout who is uncooperative, cannot lead, can't orient a map, tie a bowline,
any of the VERY BASIC scouting skills is not an Eagle in my book, no matter
what his troop or his council, or National say.
Overall, support but don't push a scout to become Eagle. And if you happen to
be on an Eagle Board of Review, be fair, BUT MAKE SURE HE DESERVES IT!
ASM Troop 7 Foxboro
Eagle Scout '89
Philmont Ranger '91
I WANT TO GO BACK TO PHILMONT!!!!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City