re; Charter Name Scout" question
Shawn M. Cosgrove (cosgrove@MAIL3.BUNT.COM)
Tue, 2 Jun 1998 13:25:36 +0200
< Scoutmaster wants to recommend the kid for a Heroism Medal but here's the
< The application calls for the Scout to be "registered actively" as a
member of the BSA, which he is and has been>
< ...is now 17.5 years old. He is a Life Scout with no interest toward
Here are some questions that I would ask. and some thoughts.
How far is he away from earning EAGLE, if he kicked into high gear and
actively pursued it could he get it done?
Has anyone talked with him about what he thinks since saving the other boys
life? If he is talked to by the right person and given a chance to reflect
he could change his mind about Eagle. What are his goals in life, has
anyone talked to him about how earning Eagle can help him attain his goals?
< Public ceremony, with all of the bells and whistles, which would meet
the need of the parents, the local Council and get the track coach off this
kid's back (even temporarily) -- but will state this message to Scouts:
"You don't have to show up or be active with our units to be a "good
Scout"....>. You don't have to be REGISTERED to live by the Scout Law.
I vote for the public ceremony if it is done right you won't send the wrong
message. Heck, if the right people worked this you might be able to get
the track coach to be a merit badge counselor or have him look into a
sports related "Venture Crew". One of the things I have learned as the
District Exploring Chair is sow seeds in advance and then cultivate people
in the places that could be helpful to Scouting.
One final thing if my memory serves me right a GOAL of Scouting, is have
each Boy be a FIRST CLASS SCOUT, not to earn Eagle. From what you've
written he has earned the privilege of being recommended for the Heroism
Shawn M. Cosgrove
Barbarossa District Exploring Chairperson
DP: DSN 480-5703 Civ 06371-47-5703
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