Re: Last Minute Eagles
Larry Jones (lwjones@GULFTEL.COM)
Tue, 2 Jun 1998 17:48:52 -0500
I know that I am jumping into this one a little late, but here goes.
I have a son that is going to turning 17 in a month. He has been a Life
Scout for almost 2 years, is a merit badge and a project away from Eagle.
The more Dad pushes the madder he gets.
He was very active in the Troop until last September when the new Scoutmaster
told him had to decide between SPL and the Troop -vs- outside activities such
as drama club and a Statewide Key Club office. He chose the latter, but under
the condition that the SM would hold an election after he resigned. An
was reached, Luke resigned then the SM appointed his son the SPL and forewent
The outcome is my son hasn't attended a Troop meeting since. He is very active
in the OA lodge, is working his 4th summer at our summer camp, and been a
very key helper in most all Council events since this time. He just refuses
attend a troop meeting, and I haven't been able to get him to join another
He still maintains registration, and claim membership. In all his Scouting
endeavors he represents the troop well.
He served in 3 different positions of responsibility during the period since
making Life, and has in excess of 12 months accrued time in them.
Today, I was having chat with my DE, who until 4 months ago was our Dist.
Commissioner. In the discussion the term leadership came up. I made a comment
about the terminology *POSITION OF RESPONSIBILITY* and *Leadership to
others in a
service project*. He took the defensive, and told me that youth had to
a Leadership position for at least the 6 months immediately prior to make
application to the advancement committee to start working a project. I begged
to differ, and was told that our advancement chair wouldn't approve a project
unless he had proof that the youth was and is serving at that time. He said
it proved they were active.
This came as news to me. I did know that the advancement chair (in his 3rd
only allowed Eagle Scouts to sit on BOR's and he would hold the BOR in a
part of the District to get people that the youth didn't have a strong
with on the board. I have a problem with this, but have been told it's his
he'll do as he wants. He also refuses to look at a project with less than
and requests that they have in excess of 200.
My opinion is they are certainly changing or adding to requirements. When I
that to my DE today, he said that they were enhancing the experience, or
to that effect.
Irregardless, he in a nut shell told me that Luke would never make Eagle.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City