Re: Eagle Requirement #1
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 23 Aug 1997 16:02:47 -0400
The requirement is for the Life Scout to have been active for six months
after having earned the rank of Life Scout. This period can be at any
time between when the Scout earned the rank of Life and when he goes up
for Eagle. There is no requirement that he remain active for four years
between the time he earned Life in 1994 and the time he turns 18 in 1998.
The requirement is "Be active in your troop and patrol for at least six
months as a Life Scout." no more and no less.
If the Scout in question dropped out a month after making Life Scout, it
would seem that he has not yet met this requirement and cannot do so
until he has been active in a unit for six months.
The tough question is what is meant by the word "active" in the context
of this requirement. In the past we have heard from other members of
Scouts-L that the National Office tends to view this as having an active
membership. Others have suggested that the Scout needs to have shown
some level of participation. I would go with common sense and say that
the Scout really has to be involved with the Troop and not in name only
to meet the spirit of this requirement. However, I would at the same
time shy away from developing some formula for how many meetings or
outings is required - what is important is that the Scout give of his
time to the troop and patrol as best he can under his circumstances and
this will vary depending on whether he has a part-time job, school
activities with required attendance, etc. This is best worked out
between the SM and the Scout according to the situation.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
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