Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Tue, 4 Oct 1994 01:59:47 -0400
The Scoutmaster has almost total discretion to decide what constitutes
making a "satisfactory effort to develop and demonstrate leadership
ability." The key thing though, is that we should be encouraging growth
and not limiting opportunity to a specific pet project of the SM. I think
that as long as a Scout has tried to improve his leaderhip abilities since
becoming an Eagle and has tried to use his new skills, that should suffice.
Rewarding positive effort is the purpose of recognition awards and here we
should try to reward effort. If we keep rewarding effort, eventually the
Scout will come to realize his efforts are important and most likely will
then or later keep developing his skill. Similarly, if the Scout has made
no effort, then he's not ready to wear the palm.
Yours in Scouting, Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
Deputy District Commissioner Exploring, GW Dist., NCAC, BSA
Speaking only for myself, but with Scouting Spirit . . .
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