Re: Eagle BoR
Jason Cruse (jcruse@NEMONET.COM)
Sun, 19 Oct 1997 09:09:26 -0500
I'm sure that there are "official" answers to your questions, but I want to
give some of my thoughts on the topic.
> 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?
Your first and second questions can be answered at once. If I were on the
Board, I would bring it up and ask the boy about what he has done *since*
the incident. Does he regret it? Does he feel that he has lived up to the
oath and law since the incident? Does he feel that he lived up to the oath
and law in resolving it? Are there still issues unresolved but should be
taken care of before he receives his Eagle?
> 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?
Personally, I don't think it is place of the BoR to "require" that the boy
do anything for the family. Do not misread this and think that I am saying
that the boy has no responsibility to do anything. Rather, as I wrote
above, I would let the *boy* determine if anything needs to be done.
My experience in scouting has been tempered by my involvement in religion.
My religious faith puts a great deal of emphasis on repentance. We can all
make mistakes, and do, but we can get past them if we genuinely are sorry
and make attempts to repair the wrong that we have done and resolve to "do
our best" not to do them again. If he has done these things, and (assuming
he is *actively* religious) has gotten them resolved with his local
religious authority, then who is the council to say that he can't move
Perhaps reparations HAVE been made (the original post didn't say if they
had or not). Perhaps the young man has done what was required of him.
Some victims never let anything go. Working in a law office (and growing
up with an attorney) I know that some people, no matter what has been done,
will NEVER let anyone get past their mistakes. This, in my opinion, is
My bottom line: I would ask probing questions, not about the young man's
involvement, but about what he has done since then. Maybe he wasn't
convicted. Does the young man realize that there are people who *seem* to
be opposed to his Eagle? I would find out about his involvement and what
he has done since then, but I wouldn't spend the entire time on it. If he
is sorry, and hasn't had any further problems, I would let it go.
I write these things thinking about my own troop. I have a young man who,
two years ago, spent some time in a detention center for the same offenses.
Since then, he has turned himself around, is working on his Star, and is
my Venture Crew Chief. He has satisfied the troop committee that he is
living the oath and law. He has taken care of everything he needs to with
our religious leader. I hope that these will count for something,
positive, at his Eagle Board of Review.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City