Re: Eagle BOR Expectations
Neil Lupton (NeilLup@AOL.COM)
Wed, 26 Nov 1997 02:42:58 -0500
In a message dated 11/25/97 7:09:46 AM, blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET wrote:
<<Explorers registered with an Explorer Post only should wear the Explorer
field uniform (the green shirt, khaki long-legged pants and green shoulder
loops) or the Boy Scout field uniform (the tan shirt, khaki long-legged
pants with green shoulder loops) instead of their "Post Distinctive Dress
Identity" items. There are NO exceptions to this request, because the Board
members wishes to view the Explorer in an appropriate Boy Scout uniform
since the Eagle Scout Badge is a Boy Scout advancement.>>
As a past Council Exploring Vice President, this paragraph from the
guidelines for Eagle candidates for the BOR REALLY bothers me from a number
of points of view.
The BSA advancement requirements suggest that the youth come in uniform.
1) Explorer Posts do have the prerogative to create a distinctive uniform
and THIS IS THEIR UNIFORM. If an Explorer, who may have paid substantial
money for a police uniform, or fire uniform, or emergency service uniform
were required to purchase another uniform in order to satisfy this additional
requirement of the board, I would be livid. Granted, he at one time had a
Boy Scout uniform, but that could have been years ago and Explorers can be
much larger than they were as Boy Scouts.
2) I most strongly disagree that for Explorers, the Eagle is a Boy Scout
award. For Explorers, it is an Exploring award with separate, though
similar, Exploring requirements.
To be honest, if this requirement for a Boy Scout like uniform were levied
upon an Explorer when I had been Exploring VP and the council had District
Eagle Boards, I would have convened a Board in the Exploring District to
review the youth (with, of course, proper council representation.) If the
council had council boards, I would have counseled with the Council
advancement chairman and, if need be, with the Council VP for program and the
Council Executive Board.
Granted, Explorers earning the Eagle are rare. But that doesn't mean the
uniqueness of the Exploring program should be ignored or discounted. I have
no problem at all with an Eagle award being proudly pinned on a Police
Explorer or Fire Explorer uniform.
We do get worked up about the Eagle, don't we? Why don't we get equally
worked up about Second Class Scout :)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City