Re: Eagle Scout Leadership
Bob Myers (rmyers@ONE.NET)
Mon, 17 Feb 1997 12:13:26 -0500
On Mon, 17 Feb 1997, Jim McMaster <mcmaster@SWENG.STORTEK.COM> wrote:
>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.
I abolutely agree, Jim. I never made Eagle when I was a Scout but I focused
most of my energies on leadership positions, including SPL. I believe that
being SPL was far more important to me than making Eagle at the time.
Since there can be multiple instructors, troop guides, and special SM
assigned positions, there are virtually an unlimited number of qualifying
leadership positions in a BSA troop of any size. This should not be a
problem and the Scouts should be allowed to elect any qualified candidate as
SPL. Over qualified candidates should not exist.
Bob Myers, Committee Member, Troop 3, Cincinnati, Ohio
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