Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Eagle Boards and Service Projects (long)
Eagle Boards and Service Projects (long)
Fri, 10 Dec 1999 13:22:02 -0500
There has been a series of threads in the last month or so about conc=
citizenship, questions for BOR=92s and potential service projects for=
Scouts. I would like to relate my experiences with the five Eagle BO=
attended as the Representation of the District Advancement Committee.=
last month I have met five outstanding citizens and Scouts and four s=
very concerned and caring Committee Members (same committee for two o=
candidates). It was a very positive experience.
Refurbishing a Cemetery dating from 1800 to 1885 - clearing brush, re=
headstones, and mulching garden areas.
Making 100 blue bird boxes to replace damaged boxes and expand a blue=
trail and installing the new boxes.
Replacing a fire ring and the old seating with a new ring and doublin=
seating capacity for a church camp.
Building a permanent entrance gateway and restoring the entrance walk=
way to a
church=92s outdoor chapel.
Building a fish pond with recirculator for a school to provide an out=
BOR=92s and Citizenship
A very successful question was, =93If you had the authority to change=
Law, which point would you remove and what would you replace it with?=
Most of the answers suggested points that were similar - trustworthy =
courteous & kind - could be put together and replaced by - resourcefu=
determined, patient, and energetic. The discussion of their reasonin=
insightful and indicated to me that they really understood the questi=
the Scout Law was a guide to Scouts.
I found that most Scouts earn their first MB at summer camp and that =
believed that MB=92s were not that hard to earn. Most indicated ther=
e were MB=92s
they were interested in but never earned because of other things that=
greater demand on their time. In many cases, it was not just having =
also included sports, scholastics, church, community service and jobs=
On asking what they did outside of Scouting and how their Scouting ex=
prepared them or helped them, it was very rewarding to hear that serv=
outside of Scouting was a very important part of their lives, either =
church or through school. One Scout has forgone summer high adventur=
including a chance to go to Philmont, to participate in a month long =
project each summer in Appalachia.
As a opener for discussing their responsibilities as a citizen, I ask=
which they felt a greater affinity toward, the Eagle or the Shield, o=
Scout Badge? This opened a wonderful discussion. I highly recommend=
question. After the questions posed on the list with respect to a la=
Citizenship awareness, I was very gratified that this attitude was no=
by the Scouts I helped review. I hope this is a very strong and posi=
Troop 417 Scoutmaster Emeritus and ASM
Buckeye District Boy Scout RT Commissioner
Post 214 - Black Sheep OA Dance Team and Construction Crew - Advisor
Always an Eagle - EC430 Frenetic Fox
=09| >>>----|>---->| Aminga Klockauchsowagon (Teller of Long Legen=