Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 8 Oct 1996 to 9 Oct 1996
Jim Smith UT (jsmith@SAREK.OSMRE.GOV)
Thu, 10 Oct 1996 08:38:06 -0600
> Date: Wed, 9 Oct 1996 13:39:10 -0700
> From: Sandy Whiteside <sandyw@MAIL.CCCD.EDU>
> Subject: Re: Completion of all the requirements-standards
> Bottomline -- Make sure they know what the're up against in requirements
> and timelines, and have someone watch them. Maybe there should be an
> unofficial Eagle Advisor position in the troop for the boys to bounce
> ideas off of, to ask questions of, and to help knudge them along???
Let's see - we have the SM, Advancement Committee
Chairman (and Committe members), and District Advancement Chairman who are
supposed to be doing this in their 'official' capacity. Perhaps the PL and
SPL too, although not so much for Eagle. Not to mention the Scout himself.
Do we really need an 'unofficial' Eagle Advisor? Or do we need the Scout,
his parents, and the Scout leaders to be 'mentally awake'? If there's
someone who can do a better job as 'Eagle advisor' than the current adult
leaders, he or she should be used to replace some of the deadwood, or at
least be put on the Advancement Committee.
I know a man who functions as an unofficial Eagle advisor. He does a great
getting boys to Eagle and I love him for what he does for the boys, but he
is also often a 'loose cannon' and at times seems to be running his own
program in conflict with the 'official' program. (Not that the
'official' program of this particular Troop doesn't need some
committed adult leaders and some energizing. The man I'm discussing is a
WB-trained Silver Beaver and former SM of this particular Troop but resists
returning as an 'official' part of the Troop organization. Burned-out?
Frustrated? I don't know exactly why.)
Keep advancement and the Eagle in perspective with the aims and goals of
Scouting and with the other seven methods for reaching those goals.
James D. SMITH
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