Re: Eagle Scouts
Derleth, Michael (mderleth@CZN.COM)
Fri, 8 Nov 1996 09:57:48 -0500
<At our last committee meeting, we discussed the responsibility the
<committee has to the eagle regarding the completion of his project.>
The Commitee does NOT "assist with the projects completion". The whole
of the Eagle Project is for the candidate to demonstrate his ability to
-develop and manage- a project from initial idea to completion. Now,
MAY be instances where the Eagle asks directly for specific help. This
assistance is proper -and should be very limited in scope.
If, OTOH, the eagle says "Mr. Joe, the whole thing is collapsing and I
know what to do", and the committee steps in and sees the project is
finished, it's -no longer an eagle project-. In this case, the proper
assistance would be to ask the candidate "What could be done to...." and
help HIM determine how HE wants to proceed. Sorry for shouting, but this
is an important point.
The committee/SM also has the responsibility of approving the -IDEA- as
specified in the "Life to Eagle Workbook" which each Scout should get as
he starts to work on the project. Financing, if any, should be
arranged by the Eagle Scout and is typically done through soliciting
donations of materials, supplies, etc. needed for the project.
Once the project is finished, all four troops I've been associated with
financed the Eagle Court of Honor. Programs, cake etc. Sometimes troops
will also present gifts/tokens, as the troop is able to afford.
If you would like to discuss this further, privately, I'll be happy to
help. Your first Eagle's are a great accomplishment.
Eagle Scout, ASM T3, Ouachita Valley Council Roundtable Comissioner
Wood Badge SR-177 staffer, I Used to Be a Buffalo...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City