Re: Eagle Board of Review Questions
Jim and Robin VanderRoest (VANDERROEST@DELPHI.COM)
Mon, 15 May 1995 22:40:43 -0400
On 5/15, Deb Williams asked the group to comment on the use of a question
about gays in the military and related questiions at an Eagle
BOR. The use of such questions bothers me because I wonder if
political controversy is an appropriate matter to introduce into such a
setting. Was some "correct" answer expected, or was it just intended to
see how the lad thought on his feet? What might a parent think if the
youth were berated for a response which did not have the content the
questioner was looking for? More importantly, what might the Scout think?
Do we want only Scouts of a certain opinion to achieve Eagle?
I have sat on many Eagle BORs for the District. We ask some tough
questions intended to make the youth think and to give us some idea of
his character. Usually these are related to drugs ("Would you know how
to get illegal drugs?" "What if a friend tried to get you to use drugs
and said you weren't cool if you declined?" "How could the drug problem
be more effectively solved by society?") although some have concerned
gang activity and violence. I submit that most of the parents and youth
would agree that questions in this vein, while they put the young man on
the spot, aren't offensive and don't imply political correctness.
It is my observation that such questions usually pose no problem for
the youth being reviewed. The schools seem to expose these issues to
the students and so they are not unprepared to discuss them. Doubtless
a Scoutmaster who's had a candidate reviewed before and "debriefed" him
has laid the groundwork, also! The boys seem to get tripped up more often
on the "basic" questions--"Here's a Scout emblem, tell us what all the
symbolism is." A certain type of red jacket loves to embarass the 17
year old Eagle candidate by testing his memory about matters vaguely
discussed when the kid was 11! (Not your servant, mind you!)
Oh well, enough rambling.
\_____/ :Jim VanderRoest
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