Troop Committee Approval of Eagle Project - questions
Jeff Bloom (PDefiner@AOL.COM)
Fri, 21 Nov 1997 14:59:20 -0500
Can all of you out there let me know how your Troop conducts the Troop
Committee's approval of a Scout's proposed Eagle project ?
We are having some disagreements in our Troop Comm. as to what exactly this
requires and it is unfortunately causing some friction among the adult
The Scout's proposed Eagle Scout Project form requires the signature of the
Scoutmaster & Unit Committee member. Our problem is not with the Scoutmaster,
but the different interpretations of this step that are being suggested by
some of our Troop Committee members.
Some Troop Comm. members feel this requires the Scout to make an oral
presentation to the Troop Comm. for approval to submit the application to
Council. So we have recently had the Scouts schedule an appearance during our
monthly Troop Comm. meeting. During these oral presentations by the Scout,
some Troop Comm. members felt they even have the right to suggest changes to
the Scout and that the Scout return to the Troop Comm. later once the
revisions have been re-written into the project.
Additionally, the other night we had our regular monthly scheduled Board of
Reviews before the Troop meeting, and a Life Scout attended with his Eagle
project application, signed & approved by our SM, and he was presented by the
SM to the BOR [which included our Troop Comm. Chair & of course 2 other Troop
Comm. members, + a 4th Troop Comm member who happened to be on hand] to hear
his project & sign off on his application. He was told by the BOR he would
have to schedule an appearance before the full Troop Comm. [comprised
obviously of these same 4 adults and additional Comm. members]. This means
this Scout will miss the Dec. deadline to have his project ok'd by the local
Council [fortunately, we are not on an age deadline w/ this Scout...it just
means his project will be postponed until Jan. or later instead of getting it
done during the school Christmas break like he planned].
We have checked & National has no further description as to what exactly is
expected here for the Unit Comm. to sign off on the project application. Help
Concerns of some of us Asst SM's, and the SM himself, is that the Troop Comm.
seems to be usurping some of the SM's authority, that the Troop Comm. is
becoming too bureaucratized with "schedules" and such, and that the Troop
Comm. is forgetting the main principle that we are here "for the boys".
How do other Troops handle this step in the Eagle Scout project process, & am
I out of line here.... Is the Troop Comm. acting properly & responsibly & do
I need to follow the "Rules of Conflict Resolution" someone else on the list
recently posted ?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City