Just Passing Eagle
Peter Townsend (ptownsen@HYDRA.CS.GMR.COM)
Thu, 10 Apr 1997 13:28:55 -0700
I think we have almost similar views. The primary parts are
"Plan, Execute, Lead". But to that I add "Report". I expect, when
I sit for the district at a BoR, to see a credibly acceptable report on
the project. (i.e. similar to what any manager later in life is going
to expect when a project is completed). I explain all of this during
the project approval interview, so there are no surprises. I also ask
that the final report (to address the "learning" aspects) include "what
did I have to change on the fly during the project from the original
plan and how did I handle it" and "if I had it to plan all over, what
would I have planned differently".
>3) scope: I look for roughly 80 man hours in a project. This includes all
>the preliminary work and project write-up work that the Eagle candidate
>must do. What it can boil down to is a single work day for a good size
>crew. Some other projects are extended over a long period of time with
>several Scouts/Scouters putting in some hours on evenings. Yes, projects
>can take less time and more time. This varies widely.
I tend to use 100 hrs as the bogie, but as you say, it can vary. I
recently had one that ended up over 500 hrs. I've seen only a few
that were good at less than 75hrs.
>4) meaningful: is it really a project that will benefit the community,
>church or school. I am trying to get away from simply clean up projects
>that any organization can perform. In fact the guidelines state that the
>project should NOT be looked as at slave labor.
I'll second the clean-up project rejection. I suggest that the project
"should have some lasting value". It's vague in a good sort of way.
>The Board of Review has the final say on whether the project was "good
I suggest that, for the original project approval, the candidate
make a presentation to both his SM and to his troop committee and get
their approval before calling me. I suggest that he ask his SM and
several others to review his report prior to the BoR. In most cases
this last item eliminates a lot of the stupid spelling/gramatical
mistakes that today's teens seem to make.
Keeping FUN in scOUTING, Pete Townsend ASM T188, Rochester Hills MI
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City