RE: correcting Eagle application messups!>?
Thu, 18 Mar 1993 09:47:45 PST
I must sympathize with your son's predicament. You've run square into one
of the problems with the Scouting advancement program that unfortunately
serves as a discouragement for a lot of boys. I think there are three
1) The dates on your son's records are in error.
2) A boy is being held hostage to some clerical error.
3) There is no option presented for resolving the issue.
For the first one, there was a time many years ago when the concept of "A
Scout is Trustworthy" carried some weight. It seems that in your council,
the advancement committee has lost sight of that fact. You, your son, and (I
presume) your son's leader all concur that the records are in error. Then
they are in error. No formal affidavit, no paperwork, nothing more. A Scout
has said it, so let's accept his word or we mock the entire purpose of the
organization. Would Baden-Powell have told a boy "You're lying, and I won't
believe you until the papers are all fixed!" ??
Secondly, no boy should ever be penalized for administrivia. While it may
happen on occasion, it should be the foremost job of everybody in Kathy's
pyramid to see that the boy gets his reward and the paperwork is repaired (as
necessary) at a later time. Remember - the boy is supposed to be on top -
not crushed under the load.
Lastly, what alternative does the boy have? Does he go back to Star rank,
wait another month, and then proceed to Life? This is idiocy to the Nth
degree. Even assuming a worst-case scenario, that the boy TWO YEARS AGO was
inadvertently advanced before his time, he has more than made up for that
error by two years of faithful service.
Give the boy his Review. If your council executives and advancement
committees are too blind to see *their* mistakes in this case, and refuse the
advancement, then it should be time to reexamine the whole purpose of the Boy
Past Prime Scouter,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City