Re: Eagle Scout Problems (new one)
Bob Condon (rec@EPOCH.COM)
Wed, 5 Oct 1994 10:16:39 +0500
> Well, several weeks later I found out the dad had filled out another
> advancement form and sent it in behind my back. James never did respond with
> the list of activities.
> I later was "released" (just gave my religion away) as committee chair, and
> have since kept my distance from this boy and his family as far as scouting
> is concerned. Other than to ask around about his Eagle Project, which was
> more like an adult work party, I know nothing of his leadership abilities,
> troop activities, etc. etc. etc. I have no idea if he cheated on the other
> ranks like he did for First Class (my opinion). From seeing him at Church
> and School activities, all I can tell is he is a 9-year-old in a 13-year-old
> So now he expects me to write him a letter of reccomendation. Should I?
I would call him (DAD) and tell him that you do not feel he is Eagle material
due to the high involvement during the project. Ask him directly if he
thinks he could do the Eagle project alone.
> so, should I be honest and state that I do not believe he is Eagle material?
> Or to keep peace, should I write a "generic" letter.
Don't recommend when you do not believe the recommendation is unworthy. That
only damages yourself.
> My first gut feeling was to not write one at all, and if asked, say I forgot
> and have been really busy.
Please be honest with them.
My best advise is to send them this mail message and say that
at this time, because of all the workings of the father and
the lack of honesty in the process, that you can not give a recommendation
at this time.
I would also state to the council (or especially the committee to keep it local)
that the project should be restarted if DAD
has done the majority of the work. The Eagle project should not be accepted
under these conditions.
> FYI, the dad is a salesman, one of the best in his company. Thrives on
> achievement and recognition.
Except that everone in the process has been sold a bill of good.
> PLEASE HELP!!!
> Eloika Lake, WA
> ........used to be beaver...........
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City