Eagle Adv. Question
Haluska Ed (edh@MAILS.IMED.COM)
Fri, 15 Jul 1994 13:17:34 CST
I second Charles response to this thread.
I have previously posted the maxim:
The purpose of common sense is to be able to make reasonable exceptions
to general rules.
To that I would also add:
There is a time to follow the letter of the law, and a time to follow
the spirit of the law.
(I think I saw that one on this list some time ago.)
In the spirit of the law, 1) if it was pretty much obvious that the
Eagle project was well advanced and would have been successfully
completed, 2) the Scout was demonstrating the necessary leadership and
organizational skills during the project, and 2) circumstances beyond
the control of the Scout made it impossible for him to complete it,
then give him the Eagle.
But that aside, for the sake of the Scout's self esteem, PLEASE MAKE
SURE THAT THE PROJECT IS COMPLETED. It seems fairly obvious that the
Scout was using Eagle with palms to offset the damage to his own
self-image that the abuse had caused. Although the Scouts in your troop
may not know all the details, this seems like an excellent opportunity
for them to "follow the plan," and get the job done.
As to whether he has to be there or not, at least at my company, one of
the best signs of good leadership and good management skills is if a
leader can go on vacation for two weeks but his project still continues
on a smooth course.
And let me say that I think all of us on the list share your pain.
Whether you meant it to or not, it came through in your posting. Make
sure you let us know when this Scout makes Eagle.
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