Re: Inactive Life Scout
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Wed, 13 Dec 1995 11:12:37 -0500
Stephen White wrote about an inactive Life Scout becoming an Eagle Scout:
>...Shame on the troop that allows the boy to conduct scouting in the way
>that has been told thus far. You have done him and scouting no favors at
> If I sat his Eagle BOR and I saw that scout in front of me.......
However, the point that has been made in other places is that should the
Scout, or his parents appeal, your disapproval at his Eagle BoR he *will* be
awarded the rank. The point of view of the National Office on this matter
has been made quite clear.
Regardless of what we may think about the importance of the Eagle Award, it
no longer has quite that prestige in the eyes of those at the upper levels
of the BSA. :( While we can lobby to change policies and reqirements we
cannot add to them in any way. Adding additional criteria and expectations
as serveral of us seem to want cannot be done. Thus, we must obey the
dictums of the National Organization in this regard: A Scout is Obedient.
Personally, I would like to see several things changed as has been
discussed here. Too much emphasis has been place on how to "give" boys
their Eagle Award. We seem too willing, as an organization, to rapidly push
boys through the ranks so they can earn Eagle before they think about
driving. In the case of an appeal, the views of the unit level Scouters
have no bearing or relevance. IMO, these attitudes should be changed.
Unfortunately, the litigiousness in our society may actually hinder this.
There well may come the day when saying "I am an Eagle Scout" will
not mean anything more than saying "I won first prize in my 7th grade
Science Fair years ago." How sad.
Also with 12 merit badges now required, I would like to see the
total number needed for Eagle to be raised to 24 again, as it was in the
1970's. ...but that's another topic!
Unit Commissioner, Three Fires Council, IL
I used to be a buffalo... (SR-92, working ticket)
...but I will always be an Eagle (1981)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City