Eagle Service Projects
OLAN WATKINS (76207.3431@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Sun, 9 Feb 1997 17:47:25 EST
>I am concerned about the quality of some of the Eagle Service Projects that
boys in our ward that have submitted and will be submitted in the future
for approval. the advancement guidelines (Eagle Service Project packet)
state there is no minimum number of hours required, no minimum number of
>the projects I have seen are usually executed in one day and tend to run
along the lines of tree planting(I guess it is good to plant trees), where
minimal organizational skills are being demonstrated and almost without
exception a one day project. I get the sense that the boys are trying to
get by with the minimum amount of effort, rather than demonstrating their
leadership skills and investing some time to do a more significant (?)
project and "do my best".
>Is my concern valid? if so, how might I approach correcting the situation.
I sent one package back to the boy for additional information because I
felt it was not adequately described.knowing what I know at this time, I
would not have approved the project. the boy complied and I signed off
after having the committee review it.
I have observed the same thing and share your concerns, however I think that
I know the major reasons behind this trend and understand it.
The major source of manpower for an Eagle Project is the other boys in his
Troop and their parents, the leaders and committee for the Troop. How in
general, the other boys in the Troop will give up one day of baseball,
basketball, or what ever with some pushing from the Scoutmaster, but in many
cases they will not commit to a long term project, perhaps give up two
weekends to support some one's Eagle Project, but that is about the limit.
So it is my view that the major driver in seeing so many one day projects is
the ability to obtain support from the other Troop members and their parents.
The support is just not there for projects that require long term
YIS, Olan Watkins
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City