Re: EAGLE SERVICE PROJECTS
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Tue, 14 Nov 1995 13:10:52 -0600
You questioned the validity of two Eagle projects I posted concerning a
blood drive and another project straightening headstones. I have to take
a moment and defend those projects because I feel they were exceptionally
good Eagle Service projects.
The Blood Drive I know is considered by many to be unworthy of an Eagle
Scout project. I've heard of some district thats even outlaw such
projects outright, which I feel is criminal to do without judging the
merit of the individuals concept.
The blood drive was much more than a mere drive. It involved a community
education program. He talked to several groups about the safety of giving
blood and the need for it. He developed special awards for boys to
subsribe donors, the "Count Dracula Award" for anyone that subscribed a
quart. The blood drive was a huge success. Many of the donors were first
time givers, and have continued the practice. The church sponsoring us
was so impressed that they have picked up the project as an annual event.
The Scout exhibited a tremendous amount of creativity and resourcefulness
in carrying out this project. Certainly the community benefitted from
such a project, how many lives have been saved or improved? I can think
of no reason why anyone could conclude that this was not an excellent
Eagle Scout project. Don't dismiss an idea without giving the Eagle
candidate a chance to plan and develop it fully.
The project involving the County Cemetary and straightening the head
stones was applauded by the community and received much publicicty by the
local newspaper. This was a "potters field" where the poor and destitute
were buried. It was neglected and basically an eyesore. He was a very
resourceful young man and recruited the help of some contractors for the
tricky projects with Scout help on the simpler tasks. There is nothing
gruesome about a tombstone, it's just polished rock on a cement
foundation. It was a very caring project giving dignity to the memory of
peoples lives that others had long since forgotten. I think it was an
excellent Eagle Scout project. Why wouldn't it be?
YIS, Cliff Golden DeKalb, Illinois
Scoutmaster Troop 33 firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City