Re: Eagle Wanna be comes home!
Derleth, Michael (mderleth@ELI.NET)
Mon, 1 Dec 1997 09:44:48 -0500
<I found out he is returning with the sole intention of earning his
<badge. (I suspect mommy and daddy are tightning the screws.)
This alone, should not be a problem. Parents often provide motivation
to sons in a variety of areas. Scouting really isn't any different.
I didn't understand the full importance of Eagle at that age either.
The -way- some parents push may be distasteful, but in the end the
question should be "did the Scout do the work"?
<He will then, immediately quit to pursue his outside interests.
At least the Scout is being honest. An Eagle who gets the badge then
disappears is far from uncommon. Many times leaders don't know this
until the Scout stops showing up. He's at least telling you upfront.
<He does expect that the Troop will provide him a beautiful Eagle
<Ceremony to impress the relatives.
Make sure that the Scout and parents understand that planning the
Eagle Ceremony is up to the Scout. If he wants Pomp and Circumstance
and a Papal visit, the Scout arranges it. If the troop has previously
provided a cake, plaque, etc., it should do so again. You mention a
fundraiser? Why? If the troop can not afford what they are doing for
Eagles, I would respectfully suggest scaling back what is provided
(although this may not be the time, with this Scout...)
<Personally, I have a problem with this plan. My other Scouts are
<livid. They want nothing to do...
I can understand why you feel manipulated, Linda. Try to focus on
the Eagle, not the parents. Is he going to do a good project? Is he
going to do the work himself? Is he going to learn from it? Is the
council going to approve the project on its own merits? If the answer
is yes, then this youth has done what every other Eagle must do.
I sense a little bias comming through. If possible, consider asking
another troop leader to work with this Scout. Even a whif of favoritism
can cause problems and ill will long after this incident has past. Your
other Scouts will be watching you too.
Michael Derleth MDerleth@ELI.NET
ASM T14 Vancouver, WA Eagle Scout Staff SR-177
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