Re: Am I laying the cornerstone for an Eagle mill ?
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Wed, 13 Oct 1993 19:04:49 CDT
Sample letter follows:
Dear Eagle Candidate:
Among all of the material you will receive in connection with your
final steps toward Eagle, I hope that you will read this FIRST. As a
Eagle of this Troop, I have some insight into how you are feeling
right now and how you can become as successful as I am in attaining
Eagle. This letter and the information I will pass onto you is IN
ADDITION to the letters from the National and the Council offices.
I hope that you take this advice for what it is...advice from someone
that has been there, and NOT as a attempt to "tell you what to do" or
to "do everything my way". You have gotten this far using your own
mind and spirit, and the resources of our community and Troop. You
can make it the rest of the way up the trail with those same
resources. This information is designed to let you know which
"trails" are the safest, which are the most traveled and which ones this
Troop WON'T let you travel. The final decision on what trail(s) to
follow and how you get there is UP TO YOU, as it should be.
The first thing I would recommend is that you gather all of the Eagle
materials...this letter, along with everything else you've received,
and place them in one of those binders with pockets inside and the
three-hole "clips". Treat this part of your advancement like a term
paper: everything in it must be clear, clean and understandable. It
should be neatly printed or typed where it can be. But don't go out
of your way in getting everything printed and typed up...remember,
that this workbook and everything in it is YOURS and you need to be
able to erase and add things as the time goes. Make sure that you
have plenty of regular paper in this workbook so that from time to
time you can make notes or illustrations or doodles and you can keep
up with them.
The next thing I would do is to seek out those in our Troop whom YOU
think would help YOUR project. Ask them early, because you will need
them many times during the process. This includes Scouts. You know
how YOU are, with lots of other things to do outside of Scouting.
Imagine what someone feels like when you ask them to help you with the
planning or the actual project at the last minute??
Then next, I would sit down and think about what you can do for your
Eagle Project. This was the hardest thing for me to do. Be creative
but you DON'T have to do something "spectacular". In the Council's
packet is a listing of Eagle Project ideas and you can more from me.
[Note here: this list is available from the SCOUTS-L archives. Ask
the listserver to GET SCOUTS-L EAGLETIP TWO ( I believe it's two)]
Read the (insert name of daily paper) for about a week or so and track
down what main issues affect your community. Ask the leaders of your
church, at school, and ask your parents. Don't settle for "picking up
trash around the school" or "recycling cans found around town". Those
are great Star and Life projects. The Eagle project should be
something that requires a significant period of time to plan,
organize, direct, execute and evaluate. That's how the local Council
and the National Court of Honor looks at the project. And that's how
you should look at the project, too.
After you have decided on what your project is going to be, then the
next step is to get the project idea approved. Tell our Scoutmaster
about it first, and then call the District Advancement chair (his
phone number is in the letter from the Council office) and set up an
appointment to see him or her at their office. Remember, this is no
longer "kid stuff". You have to make appointments, be there on time
and KEEP THEM. You can do a lot of it over the phone, but remember
that part of this process is that YOU do it -- not the Scoutmaster,
or Mom or Dad or good friend of the family. You.
At this meeting, the Advancement chair is NOT looking to see if you
know EVERYTHING about getting the project done. He or she is looking
at the premise of the project and if it violates the BSA's policies on
Eagle projects. Those guidelines are in the "Life to Eagle" workbook
in your folder. If you follow those guidelines when coming up with a
project idea, you stand a better chance of getting it approved the
first time. Don't feel bad about NOT getting it approved the first
time. The Advancement chair is NOT in the position of "liking or not
liking" you as a Eagle candidate. He or she IS in the position of
seeing that your project would be approved WITH NO COMPLICATIONS by
Keep this in mind...the more that you use the resources, the shorter
time it will take before you receive your Eagle!!
After you met and the project is approved by the Troop and District,
you can start work on it.
(hey...I've got to go back to class....I'll finish this later on...or
better yet....Chris H..?? Can you add onto this for us please?? )
Settummanque!@ What a Day!! Thanks for the Birthday wishes, folks!!
Mike L. Walton
Age 34 (14 in beaver years!)
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