Re: Hello, Tom Lynch
Ted Burton (tedbrtn@CYBERHIGHWAY.NET)
Sat, 24 Aug 1996 12:25:06 -0600
At 14:28 -06001, Tim Goncharoff wrote thus [I likely cut a lot out]:
Hugh had said that he is pleased that certain boards of review within his
area re-examine Eagle candidates on matters that they should have learned
on their way to that day. Tim replied:
>I understand that you differ with official policy on this, but it
>troubles me that you take such pride in disregarding it. I urge you to
>work within the system to change the policy, and to FOLLOW it until then.
I agree with Tim. I cannot match years with Hugh, for to do so I would have
had to start in Scouting at age 3. I can, however, remember the words of
the Scout Handbook on the word Obedience. The long form in the Scout
Handbook says of Obedience that we obey even the laws with which we
disagree, while working to have those laws changed in a peaceable manner.
National's rules should not be treated with less respect, for among other
things it is they who permit us to call ourselves Scouters.
Nevertheless, I agree with the message that underlies Hugh's attitude, the
message that the path to Eagle may have been made more gentle and less of a
challenge, that possibly (at least in some areas) we have debased our
currency, as it were, printing Eagles like greenbacks. I have seen
something of the sort happening in some Troops of which I have some
knowledge, and not in others.
This is an adult problem. It is a problem with the adults' stressing
quantity, rather than quality, of making Eagle the Goal, rather than the
Evidence of achieving multiple goals.It is not the Eagle candidates' fault
that their adults have let the program down. A boy who has done everything
which he has ever had any indication he ought to have done, who has been
told that he has earned his badges, who has been told that his leadership
demonstration and Scout Spirit demonstration were adequate, who has been
told his project was adequate, should not be shot down by a new bunch of
adults who disagree with the boys' home troop adults. There is a fairness
It is the adults of such troops who need to be re-educated. Of course, how
many Councils are there that would threaten to jerk a Charter for awarding
merit badges to a boy for being alive while the badges were taught to a
classrooom full of dozing kids? What remedies do we have for a Troop that
is an Eagle factory? The kids are the victims, not the perpetrators.
Thank you for listening.
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