Re: Is good enough really *good enough*?
Chaplain Morrison (aettch@EMAIL.GRAFENWOEHR.ARMY.MIL)
Wed, 9 Apr 1997 15:49:11 -0400
However Florida Power does it, not withstanding, the standard of 21 merit
badges (included the Eagle Required ones) is not "just getting by". It is a
difficult achievement for a boy 15-16 years old to attain. To denigrate a
boy's achievement because he hasn't yet gotten more than the required 21 is
It is great when your Eagle Scouts continue to be active in the troop and
earn palms for their Eagle badge. That is going above and beyond. And it
is gratifying when you get to bestow palms on Eagle Scouts at Troop Courts
Where "just getting by" can happen is when an Eagle Project is below
standard and does not show the necessary planning, execution, and leadership
skills. It is adults who advise an Eagle candidate on his project proposal
and who ultimately approve the plan. If adults let a poorly thought out
project be approved, is it the Scout's fault if we fail to provide the
required leadership and guidance?
CC, BSA Troop 261
> Now I know it's typical for a new user to sit and vegitate and read
>messages from this listserv before posting, but I do have one irking
>question to ask the masses.
> I hope this is just a local problem. I have noticed that with new
>Eagle scouts, a majority of those who have gone before their Eagle Board
>of Review, at the council level, many have just met the basic
>requirements, and it's usually in regards to the number of merit badges.
>It appears that for our council (West Central Florida), there are those
>Eagles that just do enough to get by, and then there are those Eagles who
>go beyond the minimum requirements.
> So now I must ask why this is. I personally like to see people who
>go above and beyond the minimum requirements, because that tells me that
>this person is not interested in "just getting by". Maybe it's a work
>ethic that causes some to just coast by while others try to exceed the
> In this world, is just getting by good enough? Do employers look at
>applicants who have just done enough to get by, or do they look at those
>who go above and beyond what is required?
> Certainly for college, a "C" is considered "good enough", since many
>require a 2.0 to graduate. Although this may be good enough for the
>college, I have noticed that this is not good enough for employers,
>especially in professional business, computer, or engineering companies
>(medical offices, too). My mother works at Florida Power, which supplies
>power for good portion of Pinellas county in Florida. She told me that
>employers look at college grades overall, and college grades within the
>applicant's selected major.
> It appears that we now have a double-standard here. Good enough is
>only good enough to actually graduate from college, yet it is not good
>enough to gain employment in a competitive field.
> Does this happen in other councils, or this just for this council?
>Certainly Eagle Scouts are not satisfied with just doing enough to get
>by, right? This isn't a sign of our youth becoming lazy, is it?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City