scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: eagle project snafu
Joe Wallace (mcwallis@PULLMAN.COM
Tue Feb 01 2000 - 23:20:01 CST
Dear fellow scouters,
I need some advice quick. One of the scouts in our troop started an
eagle project, which among other things involved spreading gravel over
"most" of a trail
on a campus. The scouts, leaders and friends put in over 100 hrs on the
project which included, I believe trail signs, etc.
When the scout asked for his letter from the sponsor. He received a two
page letter listing the deficiencies of the work done. His major
concern is that a part of the trail has not been done, even though the
project was not intended to do the entire trail.
The Advancement Chair for the Troop and the boy's mother, he doesn't
have a father, met with the sponsor, aparently the meeting did not go
well. The troop committee has asked the sponsor to meet with them. I
don't think it will be a positive meeting. Of course a contributing
factor is that the boy turns 18 in a week and the site is under snow.
The Troop Committee feels that this young man has put in a lot of effort
on his eagle project and feel the sponsor is evaluating it on the same
basis as a paid contractor.
I think the scout and leaders can learn a lot from this experience but
we need to turn it into a reflection instead of a standoff.