Stoddard, Thomas C. (stoddatc@WESTINGHOUSE.COM)
Wed, 9 Jul 1997 16:42:25 -0400
I've read with interest the evolution of this thread. I began pondering
in my district, "do we need some Eagle Counselors?" And then it dawned
on me, we already have a staff of Eagle Counselors, they are called
I agree whole-heartedly with Bruce that the Eagle Candidate himself must
be held to shoulder the initiative to get this process navigated. And, I
hope after an initial introduction to the troop, then scout, tenderfoot,
etc., let's see, that's seven scoutmaster conferences, at least, not to
mention other ones held on the fly or for other performance or
leadership development objectives; well, the relationship better be
built up sufficiently such that a scout knows where he can go for help.
I don't see an Eagle Scout as one who is going to sit there paralyzed to
inaction, failing silently. Were that his mode of operation, I have to
seriously ask if he is really Eagle Scout material. Let him grab the
phone, give the ol' scoutmaster a ring and find out his next step!! For
Alan, who notes an Assistant Scoutmaster is so designated a resource
person in a troop, I see that's fine, with scoutmaster assignment. The
scout still knows who he can call. But, all these resource people should
be sitting back, *waiting* for the boy to call, not instigating or
promoting the activity of their own motivation.
Once again, my philosophy, take all the adult egos that get involved in
this process and check them at the door!! May we put aside this
co-dependent behavior which augers for an "Eagle Counselor" to sit down
and map out the boy's program. Let him map out his own program, visiting
with his scoutmaster or designee to learn process and nuances. I'm not
an ogre. If a boy calls and asks my opinion or direction, I will provide
courteously. And in my heart, I am always pulling for the boy to
succeed. But, like the caterpillar emerging from the chrysalis, I know I
can "help too much" such that the butterfly, robbed of this
strengthening experience, ultimately is too weakened once liberated and
winds up dying very soon anyway. So, I will not rob him of the struggle.
Therein I'm giving him life. As regards the boys, I say, "Let 'em go.
Let 'em grow."
Yes, I am a District Advancment Chairman. Constantly amazed at what
these scouts can come up with if we show some trust in them and leave
them to their own devices. And amazed at the personal growth they
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