Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Possible "new" Eagle requirement
Possible "new" Eagle requirement
Mon, 16 Nov 1998 08:40:35 -0500
At Roundtable last week, our District Advancement Chair went over the
new Eagle requirements. He added that, while the information found here
and other internet sites/forums wasn't official - it was right!
My concern, and that of a great many other people, was not changes in
the MB requirements, it was on what types of service projects will be
approved after 1 January, 1999. He explained that no projects will be
approved that constitute "normal maintenance", regardless of the needs
of the organization being served, and that the project must help more
than one person.
The example he gave was a scout who went to his church and asked his
pastor what service he could perform. The pastor pulled out a list of
people in need, and recommended the scout work with a particular older
lady who needed several things taken care of. The scout organized a
group of people, gathered materials, and spent several days fixing up
this lady's home. Our AC told us that as of next year, this will not be
acceptable. One, because it's "normal maintenance" and two, because the
pastor told him what had to be done.
Also, no landscaping projects will be approved unless the scout plans
everything associated with the project - what to plant, where, why,
etc. If effect, the scout has to have professional landscaping skills.
The kicker, in my opinion, was that he further explained that *council*
would reject these projects, even if they had been approved by the
district and completed by the scout.
It seems to me, and to many others, that this is adding another
requirement. Historically, Eagle project approval came from the SM,
Troop Committee, and District Advancement Committee. Now our Council is
saying that they have final approval - but don't even see it until after
the boy is done!
Has anyone else heard of this in your Councils?
Ron Raab-Long DelMarVa
SA, Troop 903 Two Bays
Boy Scout Training Coordinator Dover, Delaware
Unit Commissioner Problem Captain,
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