Re: Posthumous Eagle
Joseph Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Fri, 25 Jul 1997 08:51:38 -0400
Mike Walton, I find that I disagree with you for once.
Awarding an Eagle posthumously where the requirements were not met doesn'=
"honor" the scout. Just because someone dies tragically doesn't make the=
more deserving than they were while they were still alive.
I'm sure that when National looks at these cases, they make sure that whi=
the "letter" of each requirement may not have been completed, the intent =
each requirement was met. Therefore, no waiver should be granted if the
scout didn't complete the required number of merit badges, or hadn't fill=
a leadership position for 6 months. Since what we look at in evaluating =
Eagle project is not it's success or failure but whether or not the scout=
exhibited leadership, I could approve a project that was not completed. =
The key would be the leadership shown by the scout - did he have it plann=
out? Had he arranged for the labor and materials? Did he get the proper=
I would have no problems waiving the SM conference or BOR, as long as the=
SM and Board states that based upon the record, they would have passed th=
If we don't uphold these standards, we are really awarding "honorary"
In regards to your other post about the SF council, I'm a little confused=
Are they practicing "don't ask/don't tell"? This would be ok in my book.=
However, if you are saying that they allow leaders to continue to be
registered when they *KNOW* that they are homosexual, then this would be,=
to me, in clear violation of National's stated policy. I would hate to
have to defend BSA in court in other jurisdictions!
This will be my last post for a while, as I'm off the Jamboree. Come and=
visit us in subcamp 5!
Joseph A. Alessi in Ozwin 2.12.2
District Advancement Chair
ASM Troop 313 and Scoutmaster, Jamboree Troop 530
Advisor to the Treasurer, Unami Lodge
I used to be an Owl
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City