Re: Postdating BOR
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@TCE.COM)
Mon, 22 Jun 1998 15:37:00 -0500
Bruce E. Cobern wrote:
> It is never too early to take the high road.
Will your conscience be more at ease if you follow the rules
exactly or if you bend them "a little" to make it easier for a boy to
advance in rank?
I had a situation less than a year after I became SM and I've always
been happy that I stuck to my principles. A Scout moved to town and
transferred into the troop just shy of 17-years old. This was about 5
months before I became SM. I remember seeing him at a total of 2
troop meetings in the first 7 months. At re-charter his mom was
about switching to a troop with more experience in
completing Eagle. I gave her a deadline to get back to me. Never
heard from her so I dropped the boy at re-charter time.
Eight months later his DAD called and wanted to know what we
could do about finishing up his Eagle before he turned 18 in 12
days. He needed 3 or 4 merit badges plus a project. I met with the
boy the next night and told him honestly that I'd do whatever I could
to help but I wouldn't cut any corners. I told him that the guy to sign
his application should be his former Scoutmaster because I didn't
know the boy personally and had no knowledge about his
leadership requirements. I also let him know that I had no previous
experience with the Eagle process since none had been earned in
the troop while I had been associated with it. He joined another troop
in town the next night. I do not feel bad about letting another troop
count his Eagle on their long list of Eagles. My troop's list may be
but I'm proud of them all.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City