What to do with a tin of annelids?
J. Hugh Sullivan (sull@MINDSPRING.COM)
Tue, 5 Nov 1996 09:00:25 -0600
When handed a can of worms, I guess it's best to go fishing!
We have a situation that, once again, points out a weakness in the authority
granted a District Eagle BoR. BTW, I have already reconciled the matter to
the satisfaction of all concerned; the SE was informed of my intent and he
One of the quality troops in the area refuses to sign an Eagle application
because of lack of Scout spirit. The SM has his point but so does the
candidate. That I have spent several hours talking to both sides is somewhat
pertinent. The candidate, parents and friends legitimately formed a new
troop and the application was quickly signed. Regardless of the merit of the
candidate, I don't appreciate the end run. But, he will have his Board and I
am told he will pass with flying colors.
Perhaps I should have never known of the issue - just get an approved
application and go. But, by knowing and investigating, I have smoothed any
resentment that might be harbored by his old troop and retained the
universal respect for our Board. And, I will protect the standards of an
Eagle to the best of my ability.
Inability of a Board to question weaknesses in passing merit badges,
counselors. weak projects, weak leadership, poor spirit - anything behind
the application - has given me a problem for years. OTOH, giving every Board
that prerogative might exacerbate the problem. The regs are clear and I keep
a copy close, but, does anyone have any new thoughts?
While I'm here...... We never know it all. After almost 25 years we will
have a Lone Scout Eagle candidate in the near future; I approved his project
last night. Are there subtle differences - from signing the application to
Board approval - of which I should be aware? (I've read the Guidelines)An
interesting fact is that his counselor is part American Indian and the
brother and son of an Eagle. In this position we get to meet the most
interesting people - I wish it would never end!
Eagle, Class of '43
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