Eagle and Adults
J. Hugh Sullivan (sull@MINDSPRING.COM)
Thu, 5 Sep 1996 10:05:52 -0500
Mike Walton wrote:
>With due respect to Hugh and Larry, youth folks should
>be wearing youth awards...that's what they were designed for; we adults
>should be wearing the adult "equal -to", which in the USA's Boy Scouting
>program, are the square knot emblems, one inch by 1/3inch, which are worn in
>rows of three above the left pocket at the wearer's option and order of
Page 22 of the Insignia Guide refers to the Eagle Medal and states "Adults
wear only on formal or dress occasions". I'm sure you recognize this as a
specific, non-ambiguous exception to your statement above.
I'm not sure I have seen "dress occasion" defined. Would it include any
meeting where wearing the uniform is mandated?
Mike also wrote:
>Yes, our policies and guidelines leave A LOT to be desired....and yes, one
>word like "should" or "may" or even a phrase like "order of importance" can
make or break
>many of the policies; it is the REASONING BEHIND THEM that we should be
I think one must be clairvoyant to divine the logic of ambiguous guidelines.
Policy must be clear unless the goal is confusion.
If Eagle is a youth award, what about people who earned merit badges and the
Eagle award as adults - even in their 60s right here in Owensboro and long
after I earned mine? Are we saying they are no longer considered Eagles
because it is an award earned only by youth? Or, might those whose
accomplishments preceded the ambiguous regulation be grandfathered and
allowed to abide by prior regulations? Or, maybe they can abide by some and
not others? I don't really expect answers because there are no definitive
answers to ambiguity.
IMO, even if the reg were not ambiguous, it should have been prospective
only. After all, there are not that many of us fossils left to FURTHER
confuse the issue and we will soon disappear. One might even say that the
reasoning was for the guideline to be prospective only and not be logically
I hope your tour will be "fair winds and smooth sailing", Mike.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City