Re: What's an Eagle?
G Schmit (gschmit@AOL.COM)
Fri, 3 Dec 1993 00:39:18 EST
The Eagle project is the culminating and unifying experience of Scouting.
All of the leadership skills and knowledge must come together so that the
Scout can demonstrate his best.
Therefore, the first step is to assess the Scout's current status. Has he
earned all of the necessary merit badges for Eagle? If not, suggest one or
more that will help him in relation to his mulching project. Encourage him
to learn more.
Next assess his leadership skills; he's the one that needs to make the phone
calls and the arrangements (too many dads do). What leadership position does
he now hold? How is he doing that job? Does he need some seasoning or a
Junior Leader Training session? Scouts also lead by example; is he a good
role model for the younger Scouts in relation to the Law and Oath? Encourage
him to practice those leadership and role modeling skills for a set period
and watch for improvement. Be sure to discuss how this is important to his
Then discuss with him his Scout spirit; does he live the Oath and Law?
Evaluate the quality of his participation and cooperation, especially now
that you're emphasizing the patrol method (Congratulations!) Does he teach
skills to new Scouts one-on-one; does he prepare and present a skills
instruction for the Troop? Does he wear his uniform and rank with pride?
Encourage him; observe.
Eagle is not the last step in Scouting, just the most important. There are
many steps to reach that goal. You have every right to be certain that each
step (merit badges, leadership, spirit) is satisfactory before you let him
"run" with his project. Emphasize the importance of Eagle and of the Scout;
also tell him he's your first candidate and he's going to set the pattern for
all those who will follow.
These are some suggestions. In checking for quality, the quantity of time
will increase (a delay!). More important, thought, is that you'll be sure of
the quality. There is no harder decision to make than denying a Scout an
Eagle Board. Be sure of each step and communicate, and you won't even have
to consider it.
Yours in Scouting,
George Schmit, ASM-Advancements, Troop 18, Cazenovia,NY
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City