Re: "It's ONLY A PROJECT!!" (was Re: Service Project Policy?)
Jeff L. Glaze (jglaze@SUBASIC.SCIATL.COM)
Mon, 23 Jun 1997 16:12:18 -0400
At 01:19 PM 6/23/97 -0500, settummanque, or blackeagle (Mike Walton) wrote:
>So what does he chooses for an Eagle Scout project?? Something to do with
>the Scouts, because that's what he's been doing for service projects for the
>other ranks. And, if we press him to do SOMETHING ELSE (even showing him
>and his parents where it says that "Eagle projects cannot benefit the BSA or
>any local Council or unit"), we get lots of grief from both Scout and parent
>along the lines of "HEY!!! You let him do that OTHER stuff with the
>Scouts...why won't you let him do this stupid project and be the head of
>it...it's JUST A PROJECT!!!"
I must respectfully disagree, mainly because I don't follow the logic which
says that a scout will expect that an Eagle project may also benefit Scouting
just because that it what he has been used to for the other ranks. That is
where the Scoutmaster (or his designate) provides counseling. I have never
that to be the case in almost 20 years of Scouting.
>The Scoutmaster, District Advancement Chair, and others caught in the middle
>are then forced to "approve less-than-Eagle-standard" projects to "shut the
>kid and his parents up". The kid becomes an Eagle Scout, with
>little or no REAL understanding as to what constitutes "service to others".
As a member of the District Advancment Committee, I just don't see the
you've described ever coming up. Projects are approved in advance, and if
they are not Eagle worthy, (which would be the case if the project was to
scouting) the District Advancement Committee would return the project
to the candidate with appropriate guidance as to what must be done to submit
a project that will be approved.... this rarely has happened (but it has)
in the 10+
years I have served on our District Advancement Committee.
The Scoutmaster always has the option to steer a Scout away from Scouting
related service projects if he so desires, and in my old Troop (I no longer am
registered with a Troop) we always had community service projects as a
part of the Troop schedule... and that is where we had the boys do most
of their service... although we certainly counted projects such as Scouting
I truly can not see a negative side to allowing a Scout to perform service
of a nature that benefits Scouting for the ranks prior to Eagle, but do see
value in counselling them towards as much community service as possible.
Jeff L. Glaze, Vice-Chairman
Northeast District Advancement Committee
Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
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