Re: Eagle Board of Review Question
Jeff L. Glaze (jglaze@SUBASIC.SCIATL.COM)
Wed, 18 Jun 1997 09:02:43 -0400
At 08:33 AM 6/18/97 -0400, Ron Raab-Long wrote:
>Sorry Russ, but I've got to say that is one of the worst ideas I've ever
>heard from this list. First, the borad wouldn't get letters from people who
>wouldn't give the Scout a good recommendation - the Scout and his
>Scoutmaster ask people to write them. Letters of recommendation should be
>given to the board, read, then returned to the Scoutmaster for inclusion in
>whatever package the Scout is given during his Eagle COH. The make a great
>keepsake and let the Scout know, after the fact, what people he respects,
>feel about him. In addition, I can't imagine someone writing a letter of
>recommendation for a Scout and not expect the Scout to eventually see it.
>To destroy these letters is a terrible disservice to the Scout.
I must agree with Russ!! The BSA "Advancment Policies and
Procedures Committee Guide" (BSA pub #33088, 1996 printing) page 17-18,
"Reference checks that are forwarded with the appication
are confidential, and their contents are not to be disclosed
to any person who is not a member of the board of review"
The process you describe above for letters of "reccomendation" might
be nice as something outside the realm of the Eagle Boards of Review,
but the Letters of reference (or reference check) used in the Eagle Board
are clearly meant to be confidential and for the use on the board only.
Jeff L. Glaze, Vice-Chairman
Northeast District Advancement Committee
Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
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