Re: Life to Eagle requirements: Poss. Lawsuit
Robert Sharek (drdaddy@ICANECT.NET)
Sat, 16 Mar 1996 03:37:47 +0000
On Thu, 14 Mar 1996, Stern Dixon wrote:
> I've been reading the postings related to Eagle Project review process and
> 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. The board claims the boy was not ready and should not have come
> before the board. He was almost 18, the mother would not let him go through
> another review and he is now aged out.
> >From my conversations with the people involved on the review board, the board
> was conducted pretty much by the book. They indicated that the boy told them
> that his parents were pushing him to get Eagle and that he guessed it would
> be good to have, but that he really didn't care. He was not tested and
> interrogated from what I've been told.
> My point is that how you conduct review boards and eagle project reviews
> should be by the book or you risk liability for yourself and your council.
> We are as a result of this conducting eagle review training to be sure
> everyone understands how boards should be conducted. I think this potential s
uit will help
> drive home the need to be consistent with the BSA policies in all aspects of
> Stern Dixon
> District Boy Scout Chairman
This sure is interesting!
I think this type of thing is starting to bring BSA to a boy's club type
mentality. First of all, I think that in cases like this, it is always
the parents that push pretty hard. It aint Mom or Dad going for Eagle,
it is the boy.
I have been Eagle Chair and now Advancement CHair for Lighthouse
District, South Florida District. By the time the boy gets to us, it
should be a wash. It shouldn't get to this point. Where was the
Scoutmaster for the past 6 years? This kid shoudl not have passed his
ranks and this is typically what happens. How can you deny Eagle to a
boy who has shown Scout Spirit for the past 6 years? He obviously passed
allhis other requirements. I blame the Scoutmaster for this. They are
the ones who should be given Eagle review training. Your board just
acted on what they saw.
If this lawsuit is even brought to a trial, we are all up the creek
because I feel that Eagle rank will become just another rank, not the
special thing some of us want to keep it.
Just my $.02 !
District Advancement Chairman
I wish I was an EAGLE!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City