Re: Eagle Service Project Question
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Tue, 21 Sep 1993 19:15:00 MST
Don and others:
I wish more people would read instructions!
There is no NATIONAL REQUIREMENT to TYPE THE EAGLE SCOUT SERVICE
PROJECT WORKBOOK. I doubt that local districts/councils can change
this. They may and should RECOMMEND that parts be typed.
On page one of the EAGLE SCOUT SERVICE PROJECT WORKBOOK it says "As
you plan and carry out your Eagle Scout service project, use these
pages to record your plans and progress. Remember that others will
be reading these pages. You should print, type, or write legibly.
You may remove the staples and add pages if you wish."
To me the key here is AS YOU PLAN AND CARRY OUT ... RECORD YOUR
PLANS and PROGRESS. (Well, there is the word legibly....)
Learning is the main thrust of what I BELIEVE working toward the
Eagle Scout Award is all about. Yes I love to see the neat ALMOST
professional final report, but it rings hollow to me if I cannot
see the work. Think of the Algebra teacher who looks at an answer
with no math. The answer is right, but without the work there is
no way of telling if the student understands the process or if he
just got lucky! If the answer is wrong, where did the student go
wrong? What did he not understand? How can I help direct the
student to improve the leaning/understanding.
When I sit in on an Eagle Scout Board of Review and look at the
Eagle Scout Service Project Report, I am in the same shoes as the
Algebra teacher. There is one big exception. Most of the time I
have not formally met the young before the Eagle Board of Review.
I have the test before me, but did he really learn the material?
I now have to find that out in limited time and make a decision
about his worthiness for the Eagle Scout Award. TO ME the test is
not as important as the PROCESS and WHAT WAS LEARNED through and
including what is learned by the youth during the Board of Review.
I WANT TO SEE AS MUCH OF THE PROCESS AS POSSIBLE. THE MISTAKES,
THE DECISIONS TAKEN AND THE RESULTS OF THESE DECISIONS, AND
ANYTHING ELSE I CAN GRASP IN THAT SHORT PERIOD TO HELP ME MAKE A
If I were working toward Eagle and some adult TOLD ME I HAD TO TYPE
THIS WORKBOOK (as opposed to being told we recommend that you type
it so it is easier to read) and I then saw the printed instructions
in the workbook which contradicted these instructions, odds are I
would hand print/write the workbook and then fight tooth and nail
for my right to follow the instructions as printed by National.
It is, after all, a National Award! Besides, it usually takes an
embarrassing moment to get some otherwise intelligent people to
read even simple instructions.
P.S. Don, the approach you take is in the spirt of things and
would get no resistance from me because the information I would
seek as member of one of your boards of review is there. I would however,
be interested in the reaction of your District Advancement people to my
posting. I always fear that we strive so hard to get perfection out
of our youths that we do not give them the opportunity to fail or not
do a perfect job and learn from that experience when they have the best
opportunities to do so. Ask any real successful person on his or her trip
to success and you will get stories about what was learned from the failures
before success was had.
Wow, all that to explain four lines of instructions!
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City