Fred Rogers (fredrogers@VNET.IBM.COM)
Fri, 22 Jul 1994 12:16:30 EDT
On Fri, 22 Jul 1994 08:28:29 PDT, Rex Goode <rexg@IMS.COM> writes:
> The Scoutmaster was basically asking me if the Board of
> Review could back-date his 1st Class to last year. The
> boy is almost 15 and still has some time left to get
> Eagle. I said, "No way!" and explained to the freshman
> SM that we didn't want to give the boy the impression
> that we would fudge on his requirements out of sentimentality
> and that in the long run, I would like him to really feel
> like he earned Eagle Scout, setbacks and all.
> Even though I refused the SM, I wondered what some of
> my SCOUTS-L friends think, so I'm askin'.
I think you gave exactly the right answer. I can see no reason to
fudge the date. That would give a very bad message to that scout and
to the rest of the troop. He has enough time to make Eagle, if he
really wants to. (I know a young man who did not even join BSA until
he was nearly 16. He worked VERY hard and made Eagle just before
turning 18.) The time is there; only the scout can answer whether the
desire is there also.
Fred Rogers <email@example.com>
Tioga District Advancement Chairman
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City