More Eagle BOR
Bob Rosebrough, GBL, B-200 (rosebro@GGPL.ARSUSDA.GOV)
Mon, 23 Sep 1996 08:31:25 -0400
Well, once again, Bob Amick has come up with his usual cogent thoughts. This
time, he has dealt quite well with the "pass/fail" of an Eagle BOR. Some
mechanical things need to be addressed, however.
1. The Scout should never get to the BOR without an adequate review of the
prerequisites for becoming and Eagle. This phase can best be handled by both th
Eagle counselor and the Troop Advance Chairman.
2. All members of the BOR should be thoroughly knowledgeable concerning the
latest in BSA policies concerning what constitutes a correct project write-up.
My conversations with John Dalyrmple at National were quite enlightening. The
required (and only) write-up is the workbook provided by National. Is not
necessary for some massive document to accompany the workbook. This requiremen
appears to be where quite a few councils, districts or troops apply too much
discretion of their own. The workbook represents a Scout's best effort and is
not a scientific journal article!!
3. All members of the BOR need to reasonable in interpreting the intangible
such as Scout Spirit, leadership or maturity. Quite simply, a 17 yr. old
Tenderfoot can appear to be more mature and polished than a 13 yr. old Life
Scout. It appears to me that, very often, young Eagle candidates are put throug
a larger wringer than are older guys. I have also seen cases where one troop's
interpretation of Scout Spirit and leadership involved serving a year as SPL and
then volunteering to serve again as a PL before the leadership requirement would
be signed off.
4. In conclusion, yes we do fail the boys when we allow our petty prejudice
and misinterpretations to interfere with the Eagle process.
ASM Troop 601
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