Re: Shiny Eagles
Timothy J O'Leary (tjo@CPTCHR.AFIP.MIL)
Mon, 21 Apr 1997 09:26:07 -0700
> Matt Baldwin wrote:
> >I agree that Eagles everywhere lose a little luster with every
> >cop-out project.
I disagree. Nothing that another Scout does can really make me look
better or worse. My luster is dulled only when _I_ fail to "make the
grade." This happens much more often, alas, than a bad Eagle project.
I personally look at the Eagle project the way I look at everything else
in Scouting. It is a tool to help the young man grow. The first success
in the Eagle project comes when the young man, after messing around and
avoiding the issue, decides to actually find a project and work on it. The
second comes when he decides that a particular project is the way he can
best serve at this time. These two steps - committment, and a reflected
decision on how to spend his time, arfe, in my opinion. immensely
significant. By the time the project gets to the district advancement
committee for approval, if we are convinced that these two significant
steps have been achieved, it doesn't make any difference whether the
project will feed and shelter 1000 homeless for 10 years or simply wash
the courthouse steps - the project will meet the growth needs of that ONE
As a die-hard Scouter, I will now put forth the first five COMMANDMENTS
for me personally:
1. Put the Boy first in Boy Scouting.
2. Obey the rules. I made a deal with BSA when I agree to participate in
the program, and a deal with the youth and their parents when they signed
up. To obey the rules is part of the deal.
3. Try my durndest to live the Scout Oath and Law in my everyday life,
and admit it to myself and others when I have failed.
4. Take personal responsibility for my actions and their consequences.
5. When other rules seem to fail, go to #1 above and try again.....
Scouting is easy. It's just a game, right! Of course, so is chess....
Tim O'Leary, WDL Pack 1072, CC Troop 772, Post 769, NCAC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City