Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: My First Try at Processing an Eagle Project.......H E L P
Re: My First Try at Processing an Eagle Project.......H E L P
Fri, 23 Apr 1999 09:09:12 -0700
I had a very similar situation and here is what transpired-
> 3. He rarely attends Troop meetings and participates in no campouts.
> He has many outside sports activities.
I became advancement chair one year ago and never met this boy until
his board of review for his project. I was apprehensive about
reccomending him for Eagle to the district sice I saw no activity from
him. I brought these points up to the committee before his project
board of review and some that had been there longer told me that the
boy had indeed been active before I came there and that his not coming
had only been in the last year. We agreed that though this was a
project BOR we would also to satisfy me, ask what had happened to
this boy that was once SPL, had been a JLT trainer and very very active
up until a year ago.
During this BOR I asked him what had happened to him. He met the
requirememnts because he had been active for atleast 6 months since
Star but he stopped coming to Troop activitys. His answer was pretty
impressive. He had another Eagle project in mind that basically he was
given by a little league field of digging a ditch and they (the field people)
would run pipe and then he would fill it back in. That was a year ago
and the project was turned down by the committee. He modified it a bit
and it still equated to somebody getting their work done via him and that
isnt what this is about. It was again turned down.
He told us that he basically gave up there and didnt care anymore about
Scouting until his little brother joined the Troop and started advancing.
Then he found himself an Eagle project that involves building benches at
his church and came back to present it to us. We approved this project
without a problem and he is once again coming back to Troop meetings
and getting involved. His goal? To someday become a leader and give
boys the kind of help that Scouting has given to him. I will proudly
present this Scout with his Eagle sometime this year with a feeling of
pride for not giving up on this young man and knowing that he has fully
earned this badge.
In my opinion, it took quite a bit of courage and inner strength from this
young man to find another project and come back to face the committee.
My answer, look into it. Do some research into this. Dont just take it
at what is apparently on the surface. I also found out later that he was
in a program through his Church that is for teens and it also met on our
meeting night. He didnt tell us this. I learned it on my own. It is some
sort of program that is required for the teens of this church to go through.
> So...what do you think. I have notified him that he must come to the
> meetings in order to talk to the scouts and get volunteers for his Eagle
It says give leadership to the project, not that he has to lead Scouts.
Read the requirements carefully. Our young man is involving the Troop
but he is also involving some of his friends that arent involved in the
Troop. Benefits Scouting but also has the opportunity to benefit the
community and the youth it may touch.
Redwood Empire, Yokayo District BSA
District Secretary, District Training Chair
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Scouting for our Country's Future!