Re: angry eagle wanna-be
Grant O'Neil (poneilgdo@ALPHA2.CURTIN.EDU.AU)
Mon, 24 Feb 1997 22:17:56 +0800
Linda has a problem with an Eagle wanna-be who, to summarise the general
situation she described, wants to achieve the recognition of Eagle through a
little creative accounting to cover the technical requirements.
As I see it (relating to my own experience with Queen's Scout) there is one
huge problem with this. An award like Eagle (or Queen's Scout, Chief's
Scout, Baden-Powell Award etc. depending on where you are) represents much
more than merely meeting the technical requirements of passing a set of
tests, badges or whatever. It may be instructive to share what is written in
the front of the Australian Venturer Passport about the Queen's Scout award:
"There is far more to the Queen's Award than just passing the tests. The
award is recognised by the community at large to be a worthwhile achievement
and the certificate is presented to you by a Representative of the Queen.
The main point is that you are recognised as a worthy member of the Scout
Brotherhood. You will be judged in this by your fellow Venturers, by your
Group Council and by your District Commissioner on behalf of the Scout
Association. The basis will be whether you have lived by the Promise you
affirmed when you became a Venturer. They will assess whether, in their
opinion, you will carry out the responsibilities of service to God, to your
community and to your fellow citizens. They will judge whether you are fit
to wear the Queen's Scout Award in public."
An award that represents such important principles is as much about attitude
as it is about passing requirements. Basically this scout as described does
not deserve to be an Eagle until such time as he shows a change in attitude
that indicates he is truly worthy of the honour.
Grant O'Neil _r| Ll\
Assistant Venturer Leader | |_|__\
2nd Ballajura Venturer Unit => \ |_|_ /
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