Blood Drives as Eagle Projects
gregory bromen (gbromen@D.UMN.EDU)
Thu, 17 Oct 1996 13:26:02 -0500
I hope that this topic is not too old, but I wanted to tell about a frive
that I witnessed that definitely qualifies as a project.
I need to add a bit of a disclaimer that this drive was held by a scout
from another troop that I really don't know and I was not involved, so
some of this is speculation.
When I was a senior in high school a scout from another troop held a
blood drive at the school, calling for staff and students to donate
blood. A local agency (Red Cross, blood bank? I'm not sure) has a large
trailor that they can bring to any location where blood is drawn. In this
case it was parked in the parking lot.
The candidate had to direct the recruitment, which was not done (at least
totally) with premade advertising. The means that I saw of recruiting was
word of mouth by scouts who went to that school and homemade signs. The
candidate also had to get permission slips to most of the stuents (the
ones under 18) so that the parents could consent. On the day of the drive
scouts in uniform went to classes to escort the donors to the bloodmobile
Obviously, this can not work in all circumstances. First, you have to
have a pretty good sized school. (My class was over 400, times four
grades.) Second, there ha to be the means to draw blood on site, and
obviously there was a TON of help given by the school officials, such as
granting precious parking space for a huge trailor and letting students
out of class to donate. In today's world of litigation I could understand
school administrators not touching this project with a ten foot poll
since minors were involved, even if parents signed the slip.
I don't think that anybody would argue that this project did not meet the
requirements for an Eagle project.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City