scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Mandatory Use of Life to Eagle
Fred Heilbrunn (Lilchpn125@AOL.COM
Wed Mar 29 2000 - 14:40:26 CST
In a message dated 00-03-29 04:44:20 EST, Bob Lazell writes:
<< I would like to
know what the common practice is in your troop in regard to what sort of
Project Proposal and Eagle Project Final Report your boys prepare? The
short offical workbook has never seemed to address all the questions that
come up. >>
Bob, I agree with your assessment of the workbook. In fact, when workbooks
first came out several years ago, I wondered why they were necessary because
Eagle candidates from my troop always provided so much more than was asked
for or was room within the workbook to provide.
My Eagle candidates still do more than what the workbook calls for, but
because use of that workbook is required as part of the Eagle application, it
is only used to collect the proper signatures. In the areas calling for
descriptions, the boys write "see attached". In my long tenure as a
Scoutmaster and as an adult leader, I have never had a single Eagle
application turned down, so I would presume that this method certainly more
than meets the minimum of what is called for by the workbook.
And before anyone gets on their high horse about "adding requirements", let
me say right now that this is not the case. The workbook (today) does mostly
ask the right questions and is a reasonable guide for the boys to work with.
I merely counsel the boys that an Eagle Board of Review wants to be able to
thoroughly understand their project, and that the brevity that the workbook
encourages by its format actually works against them. It is the always the
Scout's decision as to whether to follow my suggestions as I've described
here or to strictly use the workbook alone. As long as all the questions
asked in the workbook are answered, I am ready to sign off on the project.
The boys, it seems, do not object to the theory that more is better in their
project descriptions (they like to brag a little -- VBG). A further bonus is
the display that is made of their project reports at an Eagle Court of Honor.
They also like to outdo what preceding Eagles have done!
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Troop 125
Mount Vernon, WA