Re: POSTHUMOUS EAGLE AWARD
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Sun, 27 Jul 1997 11:58:17 -0400
At 05:41 PM 7/21/97 -0600, David Huff wrote:
>My question: According to the information in the paper, he was "close
>to Eagle". I have seen instances of other young men being awarded the
>Eagle after their death.
I have come back from camp and read all of the posts on this subject (as
well as those on delaying advancement - I decided not to touch that one at
all) and felt that at least ONE person should post what is written in
Advancement Guidelines on the subject. From the 1996 printing of the 1994
edition, on page 7 it says:
"If a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Explorer has met all of the
requirements for a rank, including age and service requirements, before his
death he may receive an award posthumously. If had met all of the
requirements, but a board of review had not been conducted, the review by
the council advancement committee can be conducted posthumously.
Application should be made to the council advancement committee within six
months after the boy's death. The application may be made only by the
chairman of the unit committee or the boy's unit leader."
Now, it seems clear from this statement that the ONLY thing remaining at the
time of death can be the board of review which can be conducted
posthumously. Of course, SM conferences occur all the time and need not be
the last requirement completed, so, as a practical matter, if the Scout had
completed everything but the SM conference and the board it would seem to me
that the board could still be conducted posthumously.
However, it would seem that ALL of the merit badges, time in rank, service
in a position of responsibility, and the project would need to have been
completed prior to the death. (Clearly, there is some flexibility over the
definition of "completion of the project.")
I know that there have been statements made that national has approved
posthumous applications that have not met the standard above, but I do not
know if that happened before or after the standard was issued or whether
exceptions were being made. I do know, however, that the published standard
is as stated above.
I fully concur with Branden's feelings about the difficulty of taking
positions like this in times of such tragedy and sorrow and how cold posts
like this can seem. Clearly it is not meant that way and I also extend my
condolences to the families of these young men, but since you asked for
guidance on the policies in this situation I felt it only appropriate to
post the printed policy.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City