Re: Eagle Projects - New Question
Charles Schmidt (schmidt@UNIX1.IS.TCU.EDU)
Tue, 4 Oct 1994 16:40:29 CDT
Ah yes... hours spent on an eagle project...
Calls to mind the Eagle project from hell. Build a 100 foot long bridge
made of 22" in diameter telephone poles through a bog. (In a poison ivy
infested part of a nature center). We dug the holes for the 6' long
supports over two weekends, then the rains came and the area was under
9' of water for 6 weeks. Starting over we got as far as getting in the
supports in another 3 or 4 weekends. We could only use the 6 oldest
boys in the troop because none of the younger boys could really help dig
holes under water or carry poles that weighed 300 pounds (carried them
on an old army stretcher - 3 boys to a side.
We quit and declared the project a complete success in learning
leadership and project planning when the scout was nearing his 18th
birthday. To my knowledge the bridge remains incompleteoject
requirement. It is only a means to the end of learning leadership.
But, for the sake of the boy, doing something worthwhile is a nice plus,
and the quality of the product will depend on planning and time spent.
Charles Schmidt firstname.lastname@example.org
SM, Troop 64
Longhorn Council, Fort Worth, Texas
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