Re: Need Some Advice (Life to Eagle)
Strommen, Randy (RLSTROMMEN@DOWELANCO.COM)
Tue, 11 Nov 1997 16:05:09 -0500
><< Also, and this is a personal opinion, I would have real trouble with a boy
><< who transferred into a Post and expected immediately to receive the Eagle
><< award as an Explorer. Personally, I would expect the young man to put in
><< full six months Life Scout tenure as an active Explorer before being
><< considered. For this purpose, I would not consider his time as a Life Boy
><< Scout, but would start the clock running from the time he became an
Unfortunately your personal opinion is against the advancement policies.
The requirements are 6 mos active membership after becoming a Life
Scout. It does say that it has to be in a particular troop or in a
particular division of the BSA program. What if he left the old troop
because of poor leadership?
In support of your position, I will say that a boy who is "forum
shopping" should be challenged to indicate why he didn't complete his
Eagle at the old unit. I have seen situations where a boy is turned
down or delayed for his Eagle after meeting all his requirements. It is
not fair to BSA that he just jumps ship and walks into another unit just
to get his Eagle.
To illustrate the situation I offer the following: LDS units run into
this kind of problem all the time because we separate our boys by age
into the Boy Scout, Varsity, and Explorer program units. A boy may
become a life scout at age 13 and finish his 6 month tenure, but when he
turns 14 he kind of drops out of the scouting program. Then, his 18th
birthday approaches and he "repents" and starts actively working on
those last couple of merit badges that he needs as well as his Eagle
Or, more to the point, take that same boy who finishes his tenure just 2
weeks after his 14th birthday and is now registered at the Varsity Unit.
Must he again do six months of leadership and activity? Remember that
the Varsity program has a whole new set of leaders. While our programs
are fully integrated from Cubs to Explorers, we have new leadership at
each transition point (11, 14, 16).
The key point is that your scoutmaster conference is the tool that you
should use to explore the boys dedication to the Scout Oath and Law
(Eagle requirement). Not tenure with the unit. Newly arrived youth
should create an effort to contact the old leadership to get their
feedback on the candidates qualifications.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City