Re: Eagle (was Wood Badge) reports
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 18 Nov 1997 20:49:34 -0500
At 09:47 AM 11/17/97 -0700, Carol Breuer wrote:
>The process is VERY similar to what we expect of an Eagle Scout
>candidate. The scout sets goals to achieve, shows leadership and
>works to achieve that goal. Then we ask him to evaluate the
>results; what worked, what didn't, what could have been done
>differently, and what was learned. We ask the scout to write
>this up in a written report for a final review. Is the written
>report the goal, or is it the tool to EVALUATE the results?
>I feel the report is a tool, and a very good tool, for
>evaluation. (And isn't that one of our leadership skills?)
>And I also think a nice written report can be kept and pointed
>to with pride. I still have mine from ten years ago, and I have
>shared it with many participants as an example.
I agree with everything you say about the value of a Project Report as a
tool for the Eagle candidate, but do you REQUIRE it? If so, how? The Eagle
Requirements require that a project be done and that the Project Workbook be
used in meeting that requirement. Thus the Scout MUST provide all the
information required to complete the Project Workbook. But that workbook
has NO section for post completion analysis or evaluation. I believe that
to REQUIRE the Scout to do more than is necessary to complete the Workbook
is to add requirements to those prescribed by national, and we can't do that.
As I said, I agree in the value of a project report, and I strongly
recommend that every Eagle candidate do one. I provide them with a sheet
that details what I would LIKE TO SEE in the report, but that same sheet
clearly indicates those parts which are required and those which are not.
Unfortunately, most candidates do no more than complete the Workbook.
Bruce E. Cobern
Advancement Chairman, Founders District, Queens Council, NY
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City