2ND post: Need Some Advice (Life to Eagle)
Jim Peterson (KUPETE@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU)
Tue, 11 Nov 1997 13:47:02 -0600
Perhaps I didn't make myself clear. These boys could easily apply
to get their Eagle through the Elplorer Post. As a matter of fact,
I (and several others) have encouraged them to do so. The real
issue here is that these boys don't want to get Eagle through the
post. Frankly, the post was created by a couple of father/leaders
who will probably drop it within two years. My guess is that the
Post will disband at that time. No, the boys want to get their
Eagle through our 75 year old troop in which they have not been
active for about a year.
MY gut feeling is that THEIR gut feeling is that getting Eagle\
through the post will not mean much. That's why they want to
get it through the troop. Also, I think many of the parents of
the scouts involved are starting to realize that the Post makes
few demands on the boys and are beginning to have a few doubts.
This issue began to surface last spring at our annual leader's
retreat and planning session. At that time we drafted an
attendance and participation statement. It was centered around
the "show scout spirit" requirement. We stated that since the
SM does not observe the scouts at school, at home or in the
community that the only environment in which to observe the
scout was in troop meetings and activities. Therefore, the SM
could only evaluate whether or not the scout demonstrated that
he lived by the scout oath and law was at troop meetings and
activities. Unfortunately, that is a subjective call...is ONE
meeting every two months enough to "observe"? Hmmmmmm.
Keep talking to me ladies and gentlemen!
ASM, T-55, Lawrence, Kansas
Rockchalk, Jayhawk, GO KU!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City