Re: Eagle Project Question
Jim Miller, Jr. (jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG)
Tue, 29 Nov 1994 10:01:53 EST-5
>The reason behind not allowing that type project, it was thought that
>general the Eagle canadate would only be carrying out a canned project
>was planned and all material etc provided by the Red Cross or a similar
>group. In general all that the Eagle canadate would be doing is perhaps
>posting signs, asking people to show up and that sort of thing, that no
> planning or leadership would be required for that type project as is
>expected for an Eagle.
Acckk! The dismay at seeing "my" project talked about this way ;)
This does depend on the youth involved and how much work they are
willing to do. It's a shame that the Advancement committee has become so
lazy as to look only at the type of project, and not the individual plan
submitted by the candidate.
>So again, check to make sure that it will be approved before you get
>committed to it.
Absolutely check this out, Brian. Just some suggestions to make this
project truly meaningful:
-Make one of your goals to educate people on the safety of blood
donation. There are still a lot of people out there who don't realize
the safety precautions and testing done on donated blood.
-Try to get into the local high schools to educate and sign up 17 and 18
year olds as donors(at 17 you can donate with parents permission). The
education part is essential to let these people realize the need for
-Don't base the success of the project on the number of pints collected.
This number is very hard to estimate and isn't necessarily related to
the amount of work you will do.
-Be prepared to run multiple sites/dates for collection(I had to do
this) as one may not have the results you hope for.
-Try to aim toward signing up people who have never donated before. The
blood banks have lists of prior donors that they already use, so new
donors are far more valuable.
-Some blood banks will only release blood for those who have donated to
THAT bank, or their families. Work with a blood bank run by or with the
American Red Cross - they give blood to any who need it limited only by
the available blood supply.
I hope this helps. This can be a very worthwhile project if done in a
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City