BRUCE C JOHNSON (JOHNSON@MAIL.LOC.GOV)
Wed, 5 Oct 1994 07:37:07 GMT
For the 13-year-old Scout who would like the recommendation for
Eagle: I would tell the Scout (honestly, I believe) that I
haven't been in contact with his work in Scouting recently and
that I don't believe that I can give an honest, accurate
assessment of his readiness for Eagle. Consequently, I would
rather not write the recommendation.
I don't think the age is a factor, and even the immaturity
you see may be irrelevant. It sounds like the father's
expectations have gotten in the way of his son's best interests.
(I personally have tried to avoid situations that look like I'm
giving my son an unfair advantage.) I wouldn't punish the son
for that, but neither would I help him with a recommendation. Be
honest and politely decline to right the recommendation.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City