Re: Scout Spirit for Eagle Candidates
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Wed, 25 Aug 1993 06:34:00 MST
I know of a troop that has a participation requirement to fullfil the
scouting spirit requirement. This requirement is enforced from Tenderfoot
on, no exceptions. A young man who was busy with School etc suddenly had a
problem with this when going for Eagle. At the time I was District
Advancment Chairman and the DE gave the problem to me (I didn't mind, in
this case I actually prefered it, she was new and getting extra presures
because she was a female DE and didn't need more problems). My decision
was easy. The troop policy was well know and no surprise. Besides I could
not force the troop committee or scoutmaster to sign the Eagle Application.
I told the family that he had two options. He could join a troop which is
more understanding about the demands of high school and med school prep
(that's what his dad said!) or he could appeal over the troop to the
district advancment committee. Then I told them I had been through the
appeal process with another young man who was turned down. It would be the
hardest way to go. Oh, he could also increase his troop activity and meet
He joined another troop and showed scout-spirit with that troop and held a
position in that troop for six months before his Scoutmaster's conference.
I do not agree that the scout spirit need be spelled out in some way such
as above. Ture that makes it easier to judge. The point I do want to make
is simple. You need to be consistent in how you judge Scout Spirit.
In addition, Scout Spirit to me is LIVING the SCOUT OATH and SCOUT LAW. I
have very stong beliefs in God and Christ and feel I have communicated with
them, but I rarely go to Church. Does that make me any less of a
Christian? Some will say yes, others no. Whichever route you go, be sure
you remain consistent.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemmens): "Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw
those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City