Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 7 Jun 1997 07:01:08 -0400
The setting is an Eagle Board of Review. Things have been going well.
One of the members asks the candidate "By now you have raised your hand
in the Scout symbol and have started the Scout Oath with the words 'On my
honor' hundreds of times. What does the phrase 'on my honor' mean to
you?" The Scout gave a good account of himself in answering. Next
question: "How have you tried to remain true to your honor in your life?"
Again the Scout did well in his answer. However one of the members noted
that the Eagle was looking down at the floor and shifitng uneasily.
Nothing was said. In the pause that followed, another member noted a
tear running down the boy's cheek. In compassion he asked the Scout, "Is
there something wrong, you look upset?"
The Scout cried a bit more and said that when he was first in Scouting,
he had really wanted to advance. At one point a bunch of Scouts had been
working on lots of things at camp and all had turned their handbooks in
to their SM to have them signed for various requirements. The SM signed
him off on what he had completed and by accident also signed him off on a
couple of things he didn't complete, the only two things he needed to get
his Second Class badge. The Scout said he spotted this right away but
didn't say anything cause he wanted to get the rank really bad and not
fall behind the other boys in his patrol.
This young man thanked the members for coming and suggested to them that
he wasn't sure he could ever be an Eagle. After apologizing for having
them come, he said he wouldn't have asked for the review except for all
the pressure from his folks and his leader and again was sorry to have
used there time, turning to leave the room.
You are one of the members of the Board, what would you say to this young
man as he walks towards the door ready to quit Scouting, thinking of
himself as a failure and why?
Can this young man ever become an Eagle Scout?
What should be done and why?
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
Dep.Dist.Commissioner-Training, G.W.Dist., NCAC, BSA (Virginia)
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