Re: Am I laying the cornerstone for an Eagle mill ?
John Bemis (jbemis@CASS.MA02.BULL.COM)
Thu, 14 Oct 1993 08:40:19 -0500
> 1. Does this letter mentioned above constitute holding the boy's hand
> through the process and therefore the dreaded Eagle mill ?
> 2. If not, does anyone have any suggestions on what to include in this
> letter ?
Another idea that we use at my troop is similar to the concept the Girls Scouts
of our area have implemented. We use a "mentor" system. At this point, there
are three mentors for our Life Scouts to discuss their project plans and
merit badge progress with. These mentors are two former Scoutmasters and
a former Troop Committee Chairman. We have had some success with the
last 14 Eagles in 4 years, plus the current crop of 4 Life Scouts.
The Scoutmaster and Advancement Chairman are free to do their jobs with
the mentors supporting, some hand holding, hints, pushing, helping
the Scouts along. The mentors are to share the load for the Scout-
master as far as the project paperwork and review process. The
Scoutmaster and committee chairman still have to sign off on the form.
The Advancement chairman is still asking about merit badge and leadership
questions, but not tied to the Life scouts rate of pace. We also
computerized all of our "green sheet" records about 6 years ago.
Verification of the apllication is a hour long job, really easy.
Just a style of getting it to work.
Jay Bemis, still an Owl
Mohegan Council, Worcester, Ma
Quinsigamond District Training Chairman
'Only an hour a week, and one meeting a month..'
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