J. Hugh Sullivan (sullivan@WKO.COM)
Fri, 8 Dec 1995 13:42:17 -0600
1. I know of no requirement that an Eagle candidate be a member of a church.
However, by his oath he has a duty to God, Country, others and self; I would
quiz him thoroughly on all four duties particularly the first and last.
Religious principles are not finite but I would require that he believe (or
say that he does)in some commonly accepted practices. I add that this
situation should have been faced in the past; don't wait until he is ready
for the Eagle Board!
2. The written duties (Advancement Guidelines) of BORs appear to be in
conflict. One statement says "to make sure the Scout has done what he was
supposed to do for the rank"; two sentences later "...the Board does not
test the candidate". In my opinion, those statements conflict in spite of
the "explanatory" statements which follow those phrases. I agree that the
main objective of the Board should not be to retest UNLESS discrepancies are
uncovered. I give 2 examples:
(a) one Eagle candidate appeared before our District Board about 20 years
ago; we discovered that his uncle had passed him on almost all of his merit
badges and that he did only a few, if any, of the requirements. We failed
him; it is done and we would do it again.
(b) a 13 year old Eagle candidate appeared before our District Board in
1994. I had numerous reports from fellow Silver Beavers, his former SM (the
candidate's mother and father formed a new troop - they were Adv. Ch. and
SM) that his mother had passed him on 13 merit badges and that he was not
worthy. This was a real tin of annelids! My objective was to do what was
best for Scouting so, we passed him and I explained to about 50 people why -
you can't retest and he was sharp academically though immature. I wrote a
strong note to National outlining the details, protesting the policy and the
necessity (under the conditions) to pass the candidate; the letter was most
favorably endorsed by the Scout Executive. To date we have not received a
reply except for the approval of his application.
I feel, rightly or wrongly, that, either there is noone home at National or
they can neither justify nor support their own ambiguous policy in this type
situation. More than a few veteran Scouters were disappointed at National's
inability to respond.
Do problems of this nature and the failure to produce a quality uniform that
most could afford sour me on Scouting? Not at all - I've been around a while
and hope to be here longer.
Eagle, Class of '43
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City