Re: eagle award
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Thu, 7 Dec 1995 10:16:45 EST
Vince and all,
You raised the issue of the subjectivity of assessing whether a scout
shows "scout spirit." This is indeed a subjective call, and the
subjectivity is probably intentional. But I had a good working
definition explained to me at the NCAC University of Scouting last
March. Basically, scout spirit amounts to attendance, appearance, and
Attendance is, obviously, showing up to scout functions, on time,
participating, and staying to the end.
Appearance means at least making an effort at proper uniforming, and
not showing up to troop meetings in cutoff sweat pants, tee-shirts,
and backwards-turned baseball caps.
Attitude is still somewhat subjective, but one has some measures one
can use. Does the scout make an effort to comply with the points of
the scout oath and law? Does he do what he is asked, for example? Is
he trustworthy, loyal, etc. in your experience? Would you go camping
with him if you didn't have to?
I have told my scouts that I use these three concepts to measure scout
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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