Re: Eagle req (Per Man MB)
Carol Breuer (CBreuer@VINES.COLOSTATE.EDU)
Wed, 4 Jun 1997 14:27:55 -0600
This young man may well have a problem. I am a merit badge
counselor for Personal Management, and find that this particular
requirement seems to be the hardest for most scouts to handle.
First they have to make a budget for themselves for the next 90
days, and I explain that this is their best guess as to how much
money they will receive from allowance, job, etc., as well as
what they think they will spend. It sounds like your scout may
have done something like this.
The problem I see is that the next part of this requirement is
to keep track of their actual income and expenses for this same
90 day period, and then report on this. I ask them to come up
with totals by whatever different catagories they used, and we
discuss what they learned. For many it is a real shock to
realize how much money they really handle and what they spend it
on. It can be a good learning experience for real life.
But if the scout has not tracked his income and spending for the
90 days, I would not want to sign off on the merit badge because
the requirements state clearly : "Make a budget for yourself
for 90 days. Keep a record of income and expenses for that
period. Review it and report."
Now I know very well that most scouts find it difficult to write
down everything everyday for this, and I know that many times
they catch it up later. I'm realistic to know that most of the
time their record is not 100% accurate, but they need to know
that keeping records is important. I will always give them the
benefit of the doubt where I can. On the other hand, if a scout
actually told me that he had NOT kept a record and just wrote
down what he could remember, to me he has not yet fulfilled this
requirement and I would ask him to do it for another 90 days.
To accept less would not be fulfilling my responsibility in
counseling an Eagle required merit badge.
In this case, it is a hard call. How much did he actually do to
complete the requirements? Does he really show the
responsibility and character we expect of an Eagle Scout? I
would hate to see a young man come so close and fail if he truly
is Eagle caliber.
Carol Breuer, Fort Collins, CO
Asst. District Commissioner
. . . I used to be an eagle, NC-155
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City