Re: Eagle Questions
Joyce and Jerry Johnson (jjj39@IDT.NET)
Wed, 9 Jul 1997 12:59:05 -0700
I have been the Eagle Scout Candidate Coordinator for our troop for many
years. I am a member of our District Advancement Committee and am
responsible for reviewing and approving Eagle Scout Service Projects.
Those of you out there on District Advancement Committees know how hard
it is to reject a project. If Troop support and review were in place
this wouldn't happen. When the application is sent to the Council
Office, having back-up copies of everything and a contact person helps
the screening process. Many times the Troop Computer Records have
transposed a date and now that Scout is in trouble. A liaison between
Scout-Troop-District and Council is most important as good intending
adults can make errors and these errors are not necessarily the
responsibility of the Eagle Scout Candidate.
I want to share with you where my Troop Position was born and show you
how it benefits the Troop-Scouts-District and Council without hopefully
great length. (I could go on and on here!)
At a Parent Meeting around 1986/87 we discussed some youth concerns.
Outcome was: When a Scout turned Life another parent in the troop would
work with him. That his own Scouts parents would back-off.
(Parents/some/place much pressure on own children-"No drivers license
until Eagle earned", etc., and forget how to encourage and the
possibility of a true Eagle Scout is replaced by a harassed youth.)(The
committee wanted the youth to understand the leadership
responsibilities.) Our troop adults kick the stone with the Life Scout
to encourage him, support him, ask about certain Merit Badges, to be a
friend. Not doing the Youths work just there to encourage. That is not
including the Scoutmaster and his role. Now my job begins.
Let me share my responsibilities:
My sole purpose is to review with him the Eagle Scout Project Workbook
and make certain he understands the process of Project Preparation and
Presentation. (Our Troop Committee is given a Presentation of the
Project by the Scout. The final approval is a joint approval.) I send
his signed Project Workbook to the District Advancement Committee for
approval. If the District requires additional information I am the
liaison between the youth and district. I make certain that the
information on his Eagle Application correspond to our Troop Advancement
records and the Units Green Copy of the Troop Advancement Sheet filed at
the Scout Office. I make PHOTO COPIES OF EVERYTHING. (Paper does get
lost) I get his Eagle Application to Scout Office. When the District
Advancement Committee sets the Board of Review Date I am the troop
contact. When the Court of Honor is scheduled-I work with the Eagle
Scout and parents in planning.
Having an adult (GIVING TITLE TO THE JOB IS NOT IMPORTANT) with the
responsibility of the Eagle Project Workbook and making sure of PROPER
completion is of great importance to everyone. By having these reviews
with the Scout at the Troop level prevents the rejection of the Project
when it is forwarded to the District Committee for approval.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City