Re: Eagle Board of Review Question
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 17 Jun 1997 14:40:28 -0400
> From: Godbout, Marc <GodboutM@andovercontrols.com>
> Subject: RE: Eagle Board of Review Question
> Date: Tuesday, June 17, 1997 2:18 PM
> I think there are a few differences between the way our District,
> Massabesic District in Daniel Webster Council (N.H.) conducts Eagle
I knew that before I replied. :-)
> I realize the differences. Our district, however, uses the Eagle Board
> to approve projects. Basically, the Eagle Board meets the first
> Wednesday of every month. During that time they will conduct both
> project approvals and BORs.
Except, of course, that the project approval is still NOT a board of
review, even though it is done by the district representatives who are
sitting on the board. What happens if a Scout just misses the monthly
meeting and needs a project approved BEFORE the next monthly board?
> The only question they've ever asked me, and they always ask, is "So
> what can you tell us about Joe Scout"?
That is one of the reasons I believe that, even if you use a
district/council board you NEED to have at least one member of the troop
committee present. Otherwise, nobody there KNOWS the Scout and it is left
to the SM to provide input that I am not sure is really something he
should be doing on Eagle Boards.
> Hope I didn't get anyone in trouble :>)
I wouldn't think so. :-)
> Our Eagle boards are run by the District Advancement Committee, not the
> troop committee. The men picked by the Advancement Committee to sit on
> the Eagle board are all Eagle Scouts, and, except for the boy's Eagle
> advisor, might have never even met the boy until that night.
As I said, that is why I prefer unit boards (and I've done it both ways,
and I know Hugh Sullivan takes the exact opposite approach, for example)
or at least requiring the unit to supply part of the board. The other
problem I have with district/council boards is the problem of delaying
Scouts because there isn't enough time on the scheduled night. Unless the
board is prepared to have as many simultaneous boards as necessary to
accommodate all those who are ready, or to schedule additional sessions to
handle any overflow, I think the Scout is being made to wait for the
convenience of the adults, and I firmly believe that, within reason, we,
the adults, are here to serve the youth and should be adjusting OUR
schedules to accommodate THEM.
Ah, but we HAVE strayed far afield, haven't we?
Bruce E. Cobern
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