Re: Eagle Questions
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 8 Jul 1997 00:59:44 -0400
At 05:52 PM 7/7/97 PDT, Judy Johnson wrote:
>In our district an "Eagle counselor" is a person who helps the potential
>eagle through the process. This person knows the right steps in the right
>order and coaches the family through the process. This person knows the
>individual district idiocincracies (sp?). He or she has no official role
>in that there is not signature needed. He works almost as a commissioner
>for that young man to help him through the eagle process.
>We call them eagle counselors.
I don't have a real problem with that, especially since this person is NOT
involved in the approval process, either before or after. My only problem
with something like this, and we even have it with one of the SA's in my
troop, is that by this point I believe the Scouts should be basically self
motivated. I have no problem with a resource being made available. I have
a problem with too many people kicking the Scout in the butt to make sure he
completes the Eagle trail He has to want it for himself and so I usually
back way off in my prodding, kicking, etc. when a Scout reaches Life. They
all know, at both a troop or district level, that I am available, and I will
ask periodically how they are doing, but I will never be the one to call up
every week and push them.
As I said, other than that I understand where you are coming from and even
believe I said something similar in my original tome.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City