Doug Gentry (dwgentry@POLARCONSULT.COM)
Sun, 19 Oct 1997 06:54:31 -0700
On occasion I am asked to sit on our Council's (small Council - no
districts) Eagle Board of Review. I'm next scheduled in a couple of weeks.
I'd appreciate any advice you might have.
Situation: The Eagle candidate is widely known in our small town to have
been a central figure in a vandalism incident on Halloween a year ago which
resulted in property damage. In addition to the repercussions for the young
man himself, the incident has gotten a lot of play in our local paper. A
group of the victim-families have even written a letter to the Council
asking that we take the Scout's participation in the incident into
consideration in our Board of Review.
There are a lot of perspectives to this, but to keep our discussion focused
I'd like to pose only a couple of questions:
1. Juvenile court records are sealed and so we have no official, absolute
report that the Scout was actually charged/convicted. Must we be like a
real life jury and ignore the incident for lack of official notice?
2. How would you approach the topic (if at all) with the Scout during the
Board of Review?
3. Do you think the Board has any discretion to either reject the Eagle
application or require the Scout to do some reparations for the family
victims before granting the rank?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City