hilding holroyd (hilding@BLUESTONE.COM)
Tue, 6 Aug 1996 10:40:16 -0400
As has been mentioned, or implied, by others, completion of the Eagle
Project may not be as important as HOW it was done. I realize that
the requirements in some books, say that the project must be completed.
I had a recent case where a candidate was installing shelves in his
church's food pantry. This pantry (along with the one at my own church,
which was another Eagle project) distributes food collected by the
Scouting for Food Drive. [The scouts hear that the food stays in the
county but it does not strike home until they see the boxes of food with
the Scouting for Food logo on them. Then they start talking about "Hey! I
helped collect that food!"] The Scouts had to clean up a basement room
where the shelves were being placed. The candidate had diagrams of the
shelves, all the materials ready to go and a good work crew. He did not
count on the concrete floor giving way and creating a 6 foot diameter
hole in the middle of the room. After scrambling, and wasting time with
concrete contractors, he and I made connections (I am the District
Advancement Chairman) and discussed the problems. He was quite upset. I told
him that I did not expect him to pour a concrete floor; that was a little
beyond what I would expect from him or any Scout. Frankly, if his project
had to stop at that point, in consultation with his Scoutmaster and Troop
Committee, I would have accepted the work that was already done.
As things turned out, he found someone who, on their own time and with
a very bad back, came out and totally fixed the hole, pouring and finishing
the concrete for him. His project was completed in time. We discussed the
problems, at great length, with the Scout at the Board of Review. He
learned A LOT from the experience.
Sometimes something happens on a project that can hold it up or even
stop it. (Hasn't anyone experienced that in the "real world", too?) Each
case is different. For me, as I state above, I want to see how the Eagle
candidate planned, and carried out (or tried to carry out) the project.
Just my $0.02.
Hilding W. Holroyd Advancement Chairman
Jackson, NJ Troop 250, Lakewood, NJ
Eagle Class '68 Jersey Shore Council
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