Re: Is good enough really *good enough*?
Blaine A. Jackson (blainej@JUNO.COM)
Tue, 8 Apr 1997 18:47:28 -0500
On Tue, 8 Apr 1997 14:53:24 EDT James E Lade <jlade@JUNO.COM> writes:
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.
I would make two comments:
1. It would appear that you advocate an additional requirement for a
prospective Eagle Scout -- He must do more than meet the requirements.
Besides violating the rules, this would seem to create a problem with
escalating requirements. After you have added the extra work you think
is appropriate, I may think that a scout who just barely meets your
standards is slacking off, and add requirements of my own.
2. I also believe that there is another way to intrepret the situation.
We ask scouts to plan and be prepared. If a boy seeks to achieve the
eagle rank, I would assume that he would inform himself of the required
merit badges, and concentrate his work efforts to complete them as soon
as posssible. This would seem to be a reasonable decision, since
prioritizing tasks is an important leadership skill.
While completing the required MB's, he would normally pick up several
elective MB's. The chances are excellent that by the time he has
completed the required MB's, he will have enough elective MB's to meet
the Eagle requirements. At that time, he would probably want to start
on his Eagle Project, and this would take priority over working on
As soon as the Eagle Project is complete, the scout would have more time
to work on elective MB's. As I understand your position, you would have
him wait to apply for his Eagle rank until he has completed some
unspecified number of additional elective MB's.
I think that the Eagle candidate who has "barely' completed the
requirements may well be the best organized scout. He has set a goal,
and has not wasted any time in completing the requirements to achieve it.
No offense, but I doubt very much that you volunteer to work an extra day
at the end of every pay period before going to pick up your check. I
would not expect an Eagle Scout to do so either.
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