Scott Begin (0005555440@MCIMAIL.COM)
Thu, 14 Oct 1993 11:44:00 GMT
As someone who never managed to cross that bridge between life and
Eagle, I think that an Eagle advisor (or whatever you want to call it)
is a good idea.
I found that after a while of being a life scout, there were many times
that people would ask "when are you going to do your project?" or "when
are you going to get your eagle?" Noone ever asked "do you know what
needs to be done to start your project?"
One problem I have experienced (and see it in some of our current life
scouts) is that scouts don't understand the ammount of time it takes to
plan a project, get it approved, do it, get the implementation approved,
get the board of review done, etc.. Unlike all the other ranks, the
paperwork required to get eagle is much greater (not complaining, just
stating a fact), and what is required is not explained in real great
detail in the Boy Scout Handbook (what I considered to be the major
reference available to most scouts). Until I saw the work being put in
on 2 projects recently by local scouts I know, I wasn't aware myself.
I suspect that unless a scout is real good friends with someone who just
completed an eagle project (close enough to see all the work, planning,
and paperwork involved), they have no concept of what is required by
that paragraph in the requirements reading "While a Life Scout, plan,
develop, and give leadership to others..."
Just make sure that the scouts take action on their own behalf. Don't
assign them MB's, or come up with ideas for projects. Let the boy do
it. Talk to them, inquiring on specifics of how they are doing "what MB
are you working on?," "do you have a counselor's name for that MB?",
"what ideas do you have for a project?", "do you know who to contact
about that idea for your project?" These types of questions can make a
scout feel that someone is interested in the small hurdles not just
seeing when you conquer that big mountain. Those small hurdles can seem
small, but when you are discouraged with the small ones, you may not
want to attempt the big ones (or put it off until it is too late).
I will say that my feelings on this subject have changed quite a bit
since I turned 18, mostly from the discussion on this list and actively
working in a troop again.
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin ASM, T-348, Oak Forest, IL, Calumet Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City