Re: Eagle Project Question (long sorry)
Robert Sharek (drdaddy@ICANECT.NET)
Sun, 4 Aug 1996 22:50:22 -0400
On Sun, 4 Aug 1996, Stephen Allan Mintz wrote:
> Hello All,
> I need the advice of the group on an Eagle Project Question. Before I
> start, I must say that the project in question is my son's and I am his
> Scoutmaster. My son has an Eagle Advisor to avoid DAD being TOO HARD on
> him (or rarely too easy). He is a student in an Environmental program
> in High School.
> The problem is that the state organization that owns the property has
> decided that the project is not to be completed (or started for that
> matter). There was an incident this week with another stream clean up
> which resulted in the rescue of over 10 individuals and the state
> organization does not want 1)any injuries, 2)any bad publicity
> I have started my advancement committee chairman researching the
> following questions:
> 1) Should the boy write up the project as is even though it is not able
> to be completed? He has many hours in arranging for equipment, site
> surveys, Has-mat survey, logistics, recruiting. He will have more hours
> in negotiations. (OF COURSE, MY OPINION IS THAT THIS IS TOO EASY)
> 2) The boy wants to move to another organization and another project -
> can he write up and execute another Eagle project without "finishing"
> the first one.
> 3) Will the Council/District need to "close" the first project before
I am an "Eagle Dad", have been Advancement Chair for the past year and
Eagle CHair for 2 1/2 years. I advise ALL my boys to NOT do any projects
for governmental agencies, including home towns, just for this reason. It
seems everyone is running scared due to the increased responsobilities
they bear, and maybe rightly so. In South Florida, permits are a pain,
insurance becomes a problem. When I see a building project, I insist that
the scout gets a signature on the initial plans.
To answer your first question, he does not have to write it up but he will
need to submit new plans to the committee for approval before proceeding
on another project. I dont think any district would be that strict that
they have to "close" a project. How many has a district advancement chair
approved without seeing the scout become an Eagle? There are many
instances where a scout starts a project and does something else. I think
this is really a learning process and should never discourage a scout from
going on. March, 1997? That is an EASY target.
Good luck to you and him and good scouting.
Distinguished Unit Commissioner
Lighthouse District, South Florida Council
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