Re: BSA Re: Eagle Project - Blood Drive
Jim Miller, Jr. (jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG)
Thu, 1 Dec 1994 15:02:20 EST-5
>Concerning the thread on whether a Blood Drive is an appropriate
>Eagle Project or not.
>In this district, Blood Drives were officialy disapproved as Eagle
>projects about 2 years ago. Several reasons were given, one of
>which was the fact that Blood Drives have been severely overused.
>I believe that it was also felt that the prospective Eagle could
>"throw it together" with little or no planning, and still have a
>fairly successful project.
This troubles me. I wonder what kind of criteria are being used to
decide if am Eagle project is "successful". We cannot base an Eagle
projects success on the amount of work it accomplishes, the amount of
service it provides, number of man-hours worked, or any of its outcomes.
A successful Eagle project could be a dismal failure by any of these
standards and the candidate still be successful in his goal - to plan
and provide leadership. "The best laid plans of mice and men..." The
results of an Eagle project should be inconseqential. This is the same
kind of measurement we all complain about when it comes to Executives
and the numbers they are reviewed on(units, youth served, etc.). The DAC
and CAC should be reviewing the intangibles of the project - leadership
and planning. This means that these committees need to talk WITH every
candidate about their projects and get to know the individual youth. A
tall order, perhaps, but thats the purpose.
>I will try to remember to check with our DAC on the reasons for
>not approving Blood Drives, and report back to the list.
>One thing that has been stated a couple of time, but bears much
>repeating, is the following: CHECK WITH THE DAC BEFORE YOU INVEST
>MUCH TIME IN THIS, AS IT _MAY_ BE DISAPPROVED!!
Absolutely! This cannot be said enough. Just make sure the candidate is
thouroughly aware of the "Why" part of the denial and has ample
opportunity to explain his project. Appeals are a necessary part of this
>Chuck Bramlet, ASM Troop 323,
>Thunderbird District, Grand Canyon Council, Arizona
>I didn't used to be anything! (Except younger) Maybe someday...
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