Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Eagle candidate reference
Re: Eagle candidate reference
Wed, 18 Nov 1998 10:40:52 -0500
Don Hilbinger asks:
>> Would like to get opinions on requiring Eagle references
from specific individuals. Should the scout's scoutmaster
be required to fill out a reference? Can a lay member of
a scout's congregation be used as the "religious" reference?
What are the opinions if a scout does not provide a
"religious" reference at all? <<
I don't believe that a particular person can be "required"
to give a recommendation.
In one sense, the SM has already given his recommendation
by signing off on the requirements and holding a SM =
conference. He should not pass a boy on to the BOR if
he has reservations.
It is up to the scout who he selects as a religious =
recommendation. Of course, the reason why he selected
a particular person, or did not provide a name at all,
would be a proper topic for discussion at the Eagle Board.
Remember, the purpose of the recommendations is to give
the Board an insight into the character of the scout, so
that the Board can see how the scout lives the scout oath
and law in their daily life. If I was a BOR member for
a scout who did not provide a religious recommendation,
I would ask the scout to explain what the 12th point of
the scout law means, and ask him to explain how he follows
that point. What does he see as his "duty to God"?
A boy doesn't have to attend church regularly and have a
close relationship with a religious leader to become an
eagle. He does have to follow the oath and law.
Joseph A. Alessi in Ozwin 2.21
Vice Chair - Program, Lafayette District
ASM Troop 313, Cradle of Liberty Council
Adviser to the Treasurer, Unami Lodge
I used to be an Owl