Re: BSA Eagle Positions of Responsibility
Rodger Morris (rlm@SUNED1.NSWSES.NAVY.MIL)
Thu, 18 Aug 1994 10:13:17 PDT
>At a district kickoff last night a SM asked me the question "why are there
>thirteen positions of responsibilities for Star and Life which include
>"Bugler" and "Historian" yet when you get to Eagle there are only eleven
>excluding "Bugler" and "Historian"?". We got copies of the handbook and
>the Eagle application to check the requirements and sure enough bugler and
>historian are not responsibility positions for Eagle. Does any one know why?
I believe it came down to a judgement call by the volunteer National
Advancement Committee, and as a way of diferentiating Eagle from the Star
and Life ranks. It is slightly analogous to the fact that one may work on
service projects designed by other people for the Star and Life ranks, but
must "...plan, design, and give leadership to..." a project in order to
become an Eagle Scout.
Troop Bugler and Historian do not involve much group leadership, nor do they
usually involve a great deal of interaction with other Scouts.
Consider also that the position of Assistant Patrol Leader(APL) is excluded
from the list of leadership positions for the Star and Life Scout ranks,
even though APL involves alot of group leadership and interaction with other
Scouts. The rationale for that, according to the National Advancement
Commitee is that APL is a patrol leadership position, rather than a Troop
leadership position, whereas Patrol Leader is a Troop _and_ patrol
If anybody has definitive knowledge as to the whys and wherefores of this
matter, I would also be interested in hearing them.
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City