Re: Eagle requirements
Derleth, Michael (mderleth@ELI.NET)
Wed, 4 Jun 1997 10:32:21 -0400
<Blaine Jackson says:I have a scout who turns 18 on 6/10. Scout told me
<he was almost done w 2 MB's. I signed one. The MB counselor says the
<scout has not met the first 2 sentences of requirement number 5. The
<scout is somewhat confused. It appears he thought that he had met
<The MB counselor says that he will not accept anything less than the
<requirement as written
My first comment would be toward the MB counselor. I certainly hope
he was following up occasionally with the Scout during the three months
of budgeting to provide feedback and assistance. If counselor has
waited until the end to reject the boy, he's not doing his job.
Is our counselor a guiding mentor, or a traffic cop waiting to pounce
for the least little infraction? Depending on my answer, it might
be the last time -I- would let him counsel this MB. It could also
affect your decision to overrule the counselor in this case.
As for the youth, you could consider examining in detail the budgeting
the youth did with his father for the computer. It is possible the
youth actually did some good budgeting and expense tracking for this
project that could demonstrate the same ability as the more general
budget the requirements mention.
It's also possible the youth could use what records he has (the
computer budget) to "reconstruct" the detailed spending records the
counselor wants. I believe this "reconstruction" is how businesses
who suffer fires, floods, etc., get their books back in order.
Thus, it's not really a "pencil-whip" of the requirements.
In short, there seems blame enough to go around in this case.
Making the Scout shoulder all the blame seems not quite fair. Look
for the middle ground.
Michael Derleth MDerleth@ELI.NET
Eagle Scout; ASM T14 Vancouver, WA; Staffer SR-177
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