Re: Mercenary Eagles
Derleth, Michael (mderleth@ELI.NET)
Mon, 9 Jun 1997 08:28:27 -0400
<Michael Bowman asks...
<...he was lacking motivation. They asked what would motivate
<him to finish and he told them that a laptop computer would
<If you were to find out that parents(offered an) inducement to
<finish Eagle, what would you do? If you were on the Eagle Board
<of Review and heard about this inducement what would you think? >
Yes, I believe as you do, that rewards (okay, bribes) are a bit
distasteful with Eagle. Earning Eagle, however is a long-term
process. Even if the bribe is substantial, motivation will tend
to wane over the months or years the Scout may have to work
at it, unless he wants the Eagle itself. For a year or two, my
folks offered payment for "A"s on the report card. Did it turn
me into an "A" student...nope. The bribe was not my primary
motivation, so I couldn't keep it going over the long haul.
Another point: what's the difference between expensive Eagle
congratulatory gifts and a laptop, which can serve the same purpose?
Having heard what some troops and parents bestow on new Eagles,
some laptop computers would be cheaper! If the Scout would rather
have a laptop (productive gift) than the traditional gifts, so
much the better. Maybe he's being Thrifty and asking for something
he can use for school etc., than another certificate bound for
a wall or desk-drawer?
I guess I would do little except continue to encourage this Scout
from within the Scouting program. As many have pointed out, if he
does the work as written, he completes the rank. If he shows up at
the Board with good attitude, proper Scout Spirit, etc., just like
everyone else, I would treat him just like everyone else.
I don't think a Scouter can add a requirement to Eagle saying
"void if bribed"
Michael Derleth MDerleth@ELI.NET
Eagle Scout, Buffalo EC-424, Staff SR-177, ASM T14 Vancouver, WA
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