Re: Life to Eagle requirements: Poss. Lawsuit
Doug Roach (djroach@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Thu, 14 Mar 1996 22:25:26 -0500
Stern Dixon wrote:
> wanted to let everyone know that our council is facing a possible lawsuit
> whereby a boy was turned down for Eagle at his review. His parents claim
> that the boy was subjected to undue stress and intimidation by the review
> board. I think this potential suit will help
> drive home the need to be consistent with the BSA policies in all aspects of
> Stern Dixon
> District Boy Scout Chairman
> Mecklenburg County Council
> Charlotte, NCStern,
Many thanks for the heads-up and prudent reminder.
We live in an entirely too litigious society seemingly replete with
people who are quick to assign blame for their own inadequacies as
parents to someone...ANYONE else. I think the telling line in your
missive was that the boy claimed his parents were "pushing" him toward
Eagle and he personally seemed indifferent about it all.
Having two Scout sons and having been involved at all levels of Scouting
for ten years, I can certainly sympathise with the need a caring parent
occasionally feels to "push". I'm SURE WE weren't THIS lazy at
fifteen, were we? :o)
It is incumbent upon all of us who are leaders and parents to resist the
urge to "push" and instead try to PULL. It tends to imply a more
cooperative effort between leader (parent) and Scout.
As Eagle guru for our Troop, I will be sure to take to heart and pass
along your excellent advice about sticking with the program.
ASM, Troop 10
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