Re: Last Minute Eagles
Anthony Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET)
Wed, 3 Jun 1998 14:07:52 -0400
<QUOTE> I know that I am jumping ... The more Dad pushes the madder he gets.
You are not at the panic stage yet. With a little more than a year to go,
and so few requirements to be completed there is plenty of time (unless the
troop committee, district advancement committee, or Scoutmaster put up
road-blocks). My personal feeling is that your son needs a heart-to-heart
talk with someone. If he will sit down and talk to you, that is best, but
any Scouter he respects can help in this situation.
<QUOTE>He was very active in the Troop ... and forewent the election.
The question we have to ask is whether or not your son's outside activities
(including OA etc.) were affecting his job as SPL. If they were, the
Scoutmaster should have talked to him about moving to another position.
Asking a Scout to choose between Scouting and his other interests is usually
a bad idea (unless the other interests involve something illegal). In this
case the Scoutmaster showed some bad judgement and a rather poor example.
<QUOTE>The outcome is my son ... </QUOTE>
If I were to pick nits, I'd have to say that one of the obligations of
membership in the OA is to remain active in your home unit. I won't pick
nits though, since your son still maintains membership in the unit and is
active in Scouting elsewhere. Just from what you've stated above, I would
say your son has completed the membership and leadership requirements
<QUOTE>Today, I was having chat with my DE...Luke would never make
If this person really is the District Executive, his opinion really doesn't
make much difference since the troop committee and district advancement
committee are the ones who will be reviewing the project. There is nothing
in the Eagle requirements (or in the advancement guidelines) that says WHEN
a Scout can work on his Eagle project other than "while a Life Scout"! There
is further no requirement for a Scout to be currently serving in a "position
of responsibility" when the project is submitted. There is no requirement
for, nor reason to, limit the members of the BOR to Eagle Scouts, or to hold
the BOR in a different area. The only requirement I'm aware of (having just
completed three Eagle BORs between Oct '97 and Feb '98) is that a member of
the district advancement committee has to be on the BOR.
It sounds to me like the district staff and your troop advancement chair (or
were you talking about the district one?) seem to think they can add
requirements as they please. In my experience the phrase "enhancing the
experience" is code for "making sure only Scouts WE feel are worthy will
ever complete the requirements." Personally, I think they are all being
extremely arrogant. I would be contacting everyone I could find
(professional or otherwise) who has anything to do with council policy and
make it known that your district staff is violating the BSA's rules and
regulations. THE ONLY PERSON WHO HAS THE POWER TO KEEP A SCOUT FROM EARNING
EAGLE IS THE SCOUT HIMSELF!
AJ Mako, firstname.lastname@example.org, Scoutmaster Troop 381
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