Re: What to do with ex-SPL
Bill Warde (billw@OKWAY.OKSTATE.EDU)
Fri, 21 Jun 1996 15:39:25 -0500
Bill Warde wrote:
>To respond, most of our eagles are 15 to 16 or older, and they no longer
>leadership time for advancement. Putting them back in a regular patrol might
>exclude a younger boy who needs leadership for Star, Life of Eagle ranks.
Jeff Glaze responded
How does being back in a patrol "exclude" a younger scout from leadership?
He can lead even tohe older Eagle if the Eagle is alos skilled at being a
"follower", and the interaction between these differnet age and experience
levels may prove quite beneficial to both!
In response, if the Eagles were not elected or declined to run as PL
there would be no problem and the comment Jeff makes is appropriate.
Currently the troop allows every member of the patrol to be eligible
for election to PL (note no rank restriction to allow for the new
patrols). If an Eagle is elected, then a boy who needs a leadership
position will not be, thus reducing the number of options available
to that boy. He still has at his own choice the possibility of
becoming a Den Chief, and at the choice of the SPL the option of
serving as Scribe, QM, etc. (all appointments being subject to SM
My point was that by putting our Eagles in the Eagle patrol, we are
restricting the eligibility of the Eagle from elective offices to
allow opportunities for other boys the be elected to office. We have
had one Life scout (now Eagle) who declined to run for SPL since he
had already acquired 6 months of leadership service since becoming a
Life scout, thus voluntarily freeing up an elective position for a
scout who needed that position for rank.
Will Rogers Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City