Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Life-to-Eagle
David J. Edgerton
Mon, 5 Oct 1998 17:58:40 -0400
I totally agree with Ken's reply, but one aspect stood out --
Kenneth P. Utz wrote:
> In your message of 10/3/98 regarding a less-than-respectful Eagle
> candidate, several things come to mind:
> I have been there. We had a boy like this, but it was long before he got
> this close to age 18. He kept advancing through the ranks, and somehow
> begged his way through the BORs, of course with his mother, a lawyer,
> sitting on the BORs it helped him.
My reading of the BOR rules seemed to indicate that this boy's mom should
not have been on the BOR.
> I finally put my foot down and said he
> either changes or I would personally write to the Council, contest his
> Eagle application, etc. The mother threatened to sue. She never did. After
> many painful SM counselings, the boy decided to take a break, and left the
> troop. And before you say that we should have kept him, the answer is no.
> Some boys just aren't good scouts, and forcing them to Eagle isn't right -
> and we all did everything possible to help this kid, but sometimes the best
> thing you can do for a child is to SAY NO.
I do not think that this would affect any boys chances for advancement, unlike
records of requirements, but it does seem to go against the spirit of the BOR.
Troop 20 Littleton Advancement Chair