Re: Troop 18's New "Eagle"
August Treubig (atreubi@CCTUADMIN3.ENTERGY.COM)
Thu, 1 Sep 1994 08:59:21 +0600
Paul, et all, Troop 18...
I was talking to a long time Scoutmaster in our district last night after
an Scoutmaster Fundamentals planning session. We were talking about
boys and BoR. My son just passed his own Eagle Board, so that was the
topic. I didn't bring up your story, but he began to tell me the story
of one boy in his Troop about 5 or 6 years back.
The boy was nearly 17 1/2 when he started asking about leadership positions
and working on the 2 Eagle required MB he lacked... (Long Story.....) but
he didn't really do the Leadership like an Eagle should and never finished
either MB... (Apparently he only had 19 MB total)... His attendance at
meetings and Troop outings was much less than good....
The boy wanted to transfer and the SM drew up transfer papers for him to go
to another Troop down the road (The SM there would have taken the same stands
as his current one, but the boy and mother didn't seem to know that).
Apparently, the boy never transfered or finished the 2 MB.
The next thing that this SM knows is that a professional asked him to come to
a "council level" board to explain his side of the story... Apparently the
mother had put presure on the council, etc.... The SM told his story to
the board which had 3 volunteers on it with 3 professionals there as wittnesses.
Everything was taped and written down.... He was told that they agreed with
him that the boy did not deserve to be an Eagle... So he left. As he left,
the boy and his mother were sitting in the outer office. Neither would look
at the SM or speak to him. The SM left thinking the matter was settled...
The next morining, he was called by a profesional, asking him to come by and
sign the boy's Eagle application. He refused and told them that they had better
not put his Troop's number on the boys certificate. He said that later he
saw the certificate and it had the Troop no on it...
The professional explained that the "BoR" decided that the boy should get
his Eagle anyway... Remember that the BoR was volunteers, not professionals,
so they were absolved of anything... (They kept a volunteer between themselves
and the problem).
The SM told me that if I were to go look at his Eagle Plaque in his Scout
Hut where the names of all the Eagles from his Troop were displayed,
the boy's name was not there and never would be...
He said that he was severly depressed for weeks after the experience. He
went to his chartered sponsor (the Pastor of the Catholic Church) and told
him that he was going to resign..... The pastor counselled him and convinced
him to stay on because the other boys in the Troop need his leadership.
He did and is still the Scoutmaster of one of our district's best troops.
After he told me this story, I went to my truck and got out my copy of your
story, Paul. I told him to read it later, but it wouldn't make him very
happy. I also sent the story to my Committee Chairman who will pass it on
to our Scout Executive today. (He was not here when my story occurred).
Paul, I guess the real story here is.... Don't resign because of one
verryyyyy bad incident... You can "not accept" the boy's renewal for the
next year or something. It would be very sad to see a 70 year old tradition
go down because of the actions of one man (the father).
August Treubig Brotherhood Member
Advisor, Explorer Post 679 Chilantakoba Lodge # 397
Former ASM & CC Troop 796 Advisor to Scribe & Publications
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