Eagle Scout Application
Kim B. Hannemann (Khannemann@WORLDBANK.ORG)
Wed, 3 Dec 1997 09:15:36 -0500
"As a possible new Eagle Scout candidate (I still have a few things to do)
I would like to know about the recommendations asked for on the
application. The one in particular is a minister, pastor, or whatever
the proper term is. The fact is that I am not an avid church goer, in
fact I have never been to church with my family, short of driving by on
the way somewhere else. Therefore I don't have a personal relationship
with any religious folk. What should I do?"
Kevin, while there are spaces on the form which would tend to make one
think that those particular recommendations are required, in fact they are
only suggestions. The Board of Review will be looking for recommendations
from respectable people who know you and can comment on your
responsibility, leadership, and in general on how well you lead the Scout
Oath and Law in everyday life. Neighbors, teachers and religious leaders
tend to be the most likely to be able to respond with certainty, and thus
to favorably influence the Board.
If you don't have a religious leader's reference, your Board may make a
point of asking you why, perhaps in a roundabout way, perhaps directly. Be
prepared (always a good idea, as you know) to discuss your religious views,
thoughts, and concerns.
My son is also "unchurched," and listed no religious reference on his
application. He has his own religious views, thoughts and concerns, and
considers them as he sees fit. He listed as references and solicited
letters from two teachers, a former neighbor-den leader-ASM, and a
long-time neighbor. The Board spent no more time on the matter than on any
other, and passed him directly.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City