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
Gary A. Musselman
Sun, 25 Apr 1999 07:48:57 EDT
I am deeply disturbed by the position, "National-supported" or not, that mer=
registration is sufficient to fulfill the Eagle requirement for being=20
"active" for six months (Paul Wolf wrote: "Very Simple. BSA has defined=20
"Active in your troop and patrol" as maintaining membership in BSA. It has=20
been consistent EVERY time the issue has come up that NO ONE may define=20
criteria for that requirement other than membership.") .=20
If that is true, why doesn't the language say "registered" instead of=20
"active"? Further, the requirement states: "serve [emphasis mine] actively=20
for a period of six months in one or more of the following positions of=20
responsibility" and then proceeds to list the several positions which apply. =20
How is it possible to serve actively as an SPL or Quartermaster or Instructo=
and not attend any or many or the right number (when the duties of the=20
position apply) of troop meetings or activities?
Surely, the requirement to "serve actively" in a position of responsibility=20
doesn't mean simply put the patch in a drawer for six months.
The SM and the BOR need to review the Scout Spirit demonstrated by the Eagle=20
candidate. Paul wrote: "Again, those requirements do NOT say "attend 60% of=20
your troop's meetings, go on campouts, etc." The Scout Spirit requirement i=
specifically referenced to "living the scout Oath and Law in your daily=20
life". A Scout that steals, skips school, etc. can be failed on that=20
requirement. One that misses Troop meetings and campouts cannot." =20
I guess that this means the thought string runs: since a Scout need only be=20
registered and is not required to attend any troop activities (so troop=20
activities aren't, therefor, part of the Scouts "daily life"), a Scouts=20
failure to fulfill his obligation to attend meetings and activities, to help=20
other Scouts, to lead, to share cannot be assessed as part of the review of=20
Scout Spirit. Lord help us! Can any claim that he possesses and=20
demonstrates the "spirit" of any group to which he belongs if he isn;t activ=
(no merely "signed up, dues paid") in that group?
Does the non-attender live the Scout Law? =20
=09A SCOUT IS TRUSTWORTHY: "People can depend on him." Like his SM? =20
His fellow Scouts?
=09A SCOUT IS LOYAL: "The success of your Scout troop and patrol also=20
depend upon your loyalty=85.as you support your leaders and pitch in to do y=
share of the work." Can a boy do that "long distance?"
=09A SCOUT IS OBEDIENT: "a Scout follows the rules of his=85. troop." =20
What if troop's rule involves attendance and participation?
What do we assess in SM conferences and Boards of Review? =20
The message from people I have grown to respect (Paul Wolf, Bill Sills, and=20
others) lead me to believe I'm whipping a dead horse. I've been around=20
Scouting for 45 years, hold Eagle and Explorer Silver, and have been ACTIVE=20
all the way. One thing I have picked up is that spitting into the wind only=20
splatters your own face, so I will leave this thread to assess whether I can=20
do my 46th year, hewing to what appears to the the "party line."