Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Eagle candidate references
Re: Eagle candidate references
Thu, 19 Nov 1998 00:53:31 -0500
From: Don Hilbinger <dhilbing@EPIX.NET>
>Would like to get opinions on requiring Eagle references from
This response is based on the procedures in practice in my council. I
state this, because not all council are run exactly the same. The fine
line your looking for may be very solid and found in procedures that
your particular council has adopted.
>Should the scout's scoutmaster be required to fill out a reference?
Not required. Not necessary. If one is received it is (normally) what
is expected based on the fact that the Scout has had a SM conference
and the SM's signature is already on the application
>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?
In large churches it may be the lay member who is closest to the Scout
and better qualified to be a religious reference.
Applications with no religious reference are processed normally. It is
during the BoR that the members can find out if the Scout adhers to
the religious principles found on page 4 of the National BSA
Advancement Policies and Procedures BSA 33088A rev 1997.
>Just some questions from a district advancement chair trying to walk
>fine line between "adding new requirements" and fulfilling the
The best source for an answer to your question would be your own
council advancement committee. Whatever the specific procedures is,
signature or not, it should be consistent throughout all the districts
in your council.
Colin M. McConnell firstname.lastname@example.org
Having so much fun I can Bearrrrrly stand it
District Advancement Chair, Northridge District, Detroit Area Counci