One more time Eagle Projects
(no name) ((no email))
Tue, 12 Nov 1991 08:05:00 MST
Joe's examples of the problems cause by not getting approval prior are all
the more reason to put the "NEW" Eagle Scout Workbook in the youths hands
when he goes in for his Life ScoutMaster's conference or at his Life Board
Anyone who can read the instructions will know that Unit Leader, Unit
committe, and district/coucil approval are required before the youth
starts. If someone takes the time to read the requirements for Eagle as
stated in the Scout Handbook (page 596 in current version, page 537 1979
version of the handbook) states:
"While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a
service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your
community. The project idea must be approved by your ScoutMaster and troop
committee and approved by the council or district before you start."
On page 593 of the new handbook, there is a section titled Eagle service
projects. The approval statement is repeated here.
I realize that the adults should know better, however, there is no excuse
for the youth not asking about how to get council or district approvel. I
am sorry, but I find this one hard to pin on the adults. It is right there
in black and white. All the youth has to do is read the 1/2 page which
tells about Eagle service projects or read the requirement about the
service project to see that pre-approval is required.
A young man in Joe's unit may find out the hard way, why instructions
should always be read before you start something. Some areas can be very
picky about this requirement. I am working on training this district to
avoid the lack of council/district approval problem. Yes I have had some
of these come my way. When they do, I take a careful look at the project.
If unit approval was given and the project was outstanding, I will usually
let it slide. But if the project was started while I was advancement
chairman or was not really Eagle level work, you can bet there will be one
disappointed young man.
The Eagle award is reserved for those special young men who make the effort
and complete the Eagle requirements. I do not think it is asking to much
that these young men read the requirements they are trying to complete.
This is my interpretation of the requirements for the Eagle Scout Service
project pre-approval. Any other comments?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City