Re: Response to Jim Sleezer
ralph romig (rwromig@PPCO.COM)
Fri, 28 Jul 1995 13:21:47 -0500
>I will also mention that Eagle Boards are under a separate heading with
>slightly different requirements. If the book treats the Boards differently,
>why shouldn't we? On Eagle Boards I assure you that every candidate in this
>district will address the issue of what he considers his duty to God,
>Country, others and self.
I remember my own EBOR like it was yesterday. It was an amazing review
unlike any other that I had had as a part of my Scouting career. I was 15
when I completed the project and the MB's. I had just turned 16 when I went
to the BOR. I drove myself the 15 miles from my home to the place where the
Council EBOR's were held.
There were 6 men from the Council serving on the EBOR. My friend Rick (SPL
from our small troop (I was ASPL)) had completed our Eagle requirements at
nearly the same time. His EBOR was just before my EBOR. I got there just
before his EBOR to give him some encouragement and he stayed for mine. I
don't remember their names. I do remember that one was the Council
advancement chairman. Several of them were Eagle recipients and one was the
Scoutmaster of the most respected troop in the Council.
His BOR took about 20 minutes and mine seemed to take an eternity.
Man was I ever nervous. I was introduced to the members of the board. They
asked me a few perfunctory questions to get to know me and then began the
tough part. I was asked about my interpretation of the points of the Scout
law and how I felt that I had lived up to each and every point of the law
and how I had lived up to the oath. It was tough and thought provoking.
And I didn't know what to think when they said that that was sufficient and
asked me to step out for a second.
It was November in Kansas with a light cover of snow. It was probably 20
degrees outside and the building was probably only about 65 or 70 degrees
inside, but I was sweating rivers during the interview.
Outside while waiting the couple of minutes, I was asked by Rick and his
mother (my English teacher) how I thought it had gone. I said I really
didn't know. I told them that I was so nervous that I didn't really have a
chance to assess how it had gone.
About that time I was called back in. They congradulated me. And everyone
shook my hand. They told me that they were approving my application for
eagle. They said that they would forward the paperwork to national and I
could expect formal approval of my eagle within 3 months.
I managed to keep from shouting "hoorah" just long enough to leave the room.
Never were my merit badges questioned, never were my records questioned.
Even my project was only questioned to the extent that they wanted to know
what I had learned from conducting the project. It was my character that
was assessed and what I had learned in my progression through scoutings ranks.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City