Re: Postdating BOR
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Mon, 22 Jun 1998 15:07:04 -0400
> From: Kim Moye <kmoye@SUN2177.SPD.DSCCC.COM>
> Date: Monday, June 22, 1998 12:04 PM
> There may be some valid reasons to do this, but they would be exceptions
> not the norm.
I don't think I can think of ANY valid reasons for engaging in FRAUD, and
that is exactly what I believe this is. As I said in a previous post last
week, a Scout (or Scouter) is TRUSTWORTHY and to claim that something took
place on a date different from when it actually took place is dishonest.
Period. Full Stop. End of Story. (Think I might have strong feelings
about this? :-)
Even when we are talking about a Scout approaching 18 where the timing is
tight, I do not believe this is an acceptable option. I believe the
adults should do everything REASONABLE to accommodate a Scout, but if a
Scout, by not advancing to Star until right at his 17th birthday, for
example, requires that his Life board take place in a very tight window
(like one or two days), I find NO OBLIGATION on the part of the troop to
accommodate him unless they are willing to do so. If because of that he
does not make Eagle, then so be it. He had the option to advance to Star
earlier, so the predicament is of his own making.
As others have said before, a failure to plan on the Scout's part does not
constitute an emergency on my part.
I try to make this clear every time I speak to potential Eagle Scouts and
explain that I will make every attempt to accommodate them, but that the
ultimate responsibility for running out of time is their own.
It is never too early to take the high road.
Bruce E. Cobern
Founders District, Queens Council, NY
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City