Life to Eagle requirements, is this fair?
David Burgart (djb@TEAMQUEST.COM)
Wed, 13 Mar 1996 08:43:54 CST
I am a ASM and do a lot of the advancement work for our troop.
Every 6 months our District Advancement Chairperson conducts an Eagle
Scout Project orientation that is required attendance for all Life or
Star scouts before they start working on their Eagle projects. This
orientation is held in mid-May and mid-September. The Advancement
Chairperson outlines all the requirements for doing the Eagle Project.
I attended this meeting last night with my son who is 17 1/2 since
the requirement is they have to attend if the project was not started
since the last orientation meeting.
My first question is: During the meeting he stated that if the boy's
name was not on the attendance sheet for that night, he would not even
look at the Life to Eagle Packet (much less sign it) because the
meeting was a requirement. Can he do that? Do other districts do
that? Isn't that an additional requirement that he is putting on the
The next part of the meeting I had no problems with, he simply
reviewed the Life to Eagle Packet and the Eagle Scout Rank
Then he said there were 6 more things that he required and went on to
1. The boy could not sent him the Life to Eagle Packet to sign, or
have a parent or SM drop if off. Rather the boy had to come in person
and do a oral presentation of the project--"...sell me on the project,
make me feel like it is something you really want to do...", he said.
I could not find anywhere in the requirements that said the boy must
do a oral presentation of the project, is this a requirement?
2. The project must be 100 hours.
3. The results of the project must be typed.
4. It must be something the boy wants to do very badly, not just
something that the parents or SM talked him into.
5. The boy must involve the other boys in the troop. (I do not have a
problem with this, but I don't see it in the national requirements.)
6. It must be finished in one years time after getting signed off my
I would like comments on how your district/council handles this, and
comments from other Advancement Chairmen. Is this guy putting
additional requirements on the boys in this district?
Who should I complain to?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City