Re: Inactive Life Scout
Doug Farmer (dougf@SKYPOINT.COM)
Fri, 8 Dec 1995 20:34:00 CST
At 01:14 PM 12/8/95 EST, you wrote:
>We have a Life scout who has:
>* completed his eagle service project,
>* completed the position of responsibility requirement (and he did a great job
>by the way)
> He still needs:
>* two merit badges but it looks as if he will complete those the first of next
>What concerns me:
>* He hasn't been active in the troop in the last 9 months.
>Assuming he completes the merit badges, should this current lack of activity
>play any part in
>completion of the Eagle rank?
Funny you should ask.
I am in the same situation, only worse. I have had 7 eagles in my troop
since I became scoutmaster, but this one really has nme in knots.
The scout completed Life in November of 1993. He was elected patrol leader
shortly thereafter and completed his leadership time in June of 1994.
Except for his attendence at two Eagle Court of Honors, his Eagle project
presentation and subsequent execution, we have not seen him at any troop
functions. He has maintained his registration by mailing in dues and
charter money. He even mailed in one of the two merit badges he still
needed. (The oher was delivered at home to our advancement chair).
His mother took offense when, at his project proposal to the committee, we
indicated we would like to see him more. She said he was a straight A
student, a member of the percussion section of the marching band, worked two
jobs to pay for a car and taught Sunday School. How could he have time for
scout meetings? (By The Way, most of us think she is the one pushing for
the badge, not the scout, although he says it is he who wants it).
Last June, he completed all merit badges for Eagle. We, as a troop, kept
trying to get him to spend time with the troop and give back a little of
what he learned. All to no avail. Last week, we sat down with our council
advancement chairman and were told that since he technically passed all
requirements, we must give him a Eagle Board of Review. Even though 80% of
the other scouts and 50% of the adult leadership do not know who he is since
he has not attended a regular meeting for 1 1/2 years.
His Eagle application has been the subject of heated words at our committee
meetings and we are going to be hard pressed to find an impartial Eagle Board.
As a parent of an Eagle Scout, this definitely leaves a bad feeling in my
gut. Eagle scouts sould be scouts that can be looked up to, looked upon to
provide training, and provide a positive role model for others. Allowing
this scout to attain Eagle without being an active participant shows our
other scouts that they no longer need to be active in the troop on a weekly,
monthly, or yearly basis in order to get scoutings highest award. As one of
my assistants sid, "There goes our venture program right out the window".
Maybe your coucil will say something different, but I'm going to hav to
abide by my advancement person.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City