More collective wisdom.....3 questions
Ned Jacklin (LASNJ@CCMAIL.CECO.COM)
Thu, 10 Oct 1996 11:58:34 CST
Once again, I'm seeking advice. Now that I'm Advancement Chairman and
no longer Scoutmaster, I'll be zeroing in on advancement within the
Troop, trying to make sure a Scout doesn't wait until 2 months prior
to his 18th birthday to start Family Life.
Our Star and Life Scouts are very personable young men, living the
Scout Law as far as I can tell. They're not all exactly at the top of
the honors list at school, but they're doing well.
On an Eagle application, (and merit badges with writing requirements)
how picky should I be getting about grammar, spelling, penmanship, and
so on? I realize these things are all very important in life, and you
can see from my posts that I can write and spell. I don't really
think I should be rejecting Scouts' work as though I'm their high
school English teacher. I've only reviewed one Eagle application so
far, and made suggestions on how to improve it and the cover letter to
the District Advancement Chairman. I did not require it to be perfect
before sending it on.
How widely varied is the difficulty of Eagle projects. In our
community (four troops) I've seen projects ranging from having a car
wash and using the money to buy a VCR or a video game for the hospital
all the way to painting a reflective stripe around each of the 580
fire hydrants in town. The car wash lasted about four hours one
afternoon. The planning for the hydrant painting started about one
year ago and has consumed well over 100 Scout-hours on weeknights and
I should probably be tactfully posing this question to the District
Advancement Chairman, but I'm looking for a measure of what's going on
in other councils.
If a Scout doesn't bring his book to a meeting and advancement
requirements are being worked on [don't all Scouts come prepared??
;-) ], does he have to repeat the requirement at a later meeting when
he has his book there to be signed off? I'm of the opinion that we
should be teaching the Scouts responsibility by coming prepared and
shouldn't be secretaries for them (even though I use TroopMaster to
keep track of what each of them is doing), but we've had meetings
where a SM or SPL will write down everything they did and hand the
list to me.
I need your suggestions so I won't be too hard nosed with them about
Ned Jacklin, ASM AC
Morris IL USA
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