Re: Eagle Scout Leadership
Jim McMaster (mcmaster@SWENG.STORTEK.COM)
Mon, 17 Feb 1997 09:39:47 -0700
In message <199702171609.JAA06911@stortek.stortek.com>, "blaine a. jackson" sai
> On Mon, 17 Feb 1997 10:02:36 -0500 Andrew Hagemann <hagemann@VISI.NET>
> >You could promote all of your Eagle Scouts to Junior Assistant
> >Scoutmaster, even if they are fourteen years old. This frees up the
> >SPL, ASPL, PL jobs for the up-and-coming Scouts and gives the Eagle
> >Scout a Troop job that can be a meaningful one if you make it so.
> Even though you could promote them all to JASM, do you really want to. I
> think that JASM should be an earned position. The scout (Eagle or not)
> should have shown a lot of scout spirit and leadership initiative to be
> ready for this position. I have one Eagle who I promoted to this
> position, and another that I probably will promote to it. I have another
> Eagle who is almost 18, however, whom I have not and will not promote to
> For the suggested responsibilities, I think an "Instructor" position may
> serve just as well if you want an "automatic" position for Eagle scouts.
This really disturbs me. There seems to be a widespread feeling that Eagles need to be shunted aside into some "automatic" position where they will be out of the troop's way. I do not feel Eagles should automatically be denied leadership positions they
desire, and to which the troop desires to elect them.
Other scouts "need" the positions? Then they should work to make themselves the best candidate.
When I was an Eagle, I *really* wanted to be SPL. I would have been elected,
too. The SM pressured me into withdrawing in favor of a fourteen-year-old who
"needed" the position. I was appointed JASM, but was not involved at all. No
duties, no responsibilities, no role in the troop other than hanging out with
another JASM. I did not evan have a patrol any more. I eventually gave up,
and my attendance became sporadic until I aged out. The experience still hurts
after 27 years.
I appeal to my fellow SMs. If you feel you absolutely must push your Eagles out of the way, at least give them something meaningful to do.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City