scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Eagle projects that are just custodial service
Rik Bergethon (rberg@RMI.NET
Mon May 08 2000 - 06:18:49 CDT
Anthony, et al: concerning Eagle projects that end up being just
custodial service: Yes, I think you are right. Let me give you two
examples. Ben M. did his Eagle service project at our church, making a
guided exercise course along the edge of the church lot, with
instruction boards, etc. That was in 1988. In 1989, my son did his Eagle
service project at our church, creating a rack that the various colored
banners used in the service could be draped from, so they wouldn't
wrinkle, and other safety projects in the storage room and the K of C
room. Since that time, the church council has turned over, and that
priest has retired. The new priest has torn down the exercise course,
since the groundskeeper wouldn't keep the weeds or grass under control,
and the K of C has taken over that storage room for their own purpose,
and torn down my son's storage rack.
The results of both Eagle service projects have long disappeared. So
what good did they do? I guess they did OK at the time, but you couldn't
tell anything about them today. Do either Eagle scout, who has since
graduated from college and started their careers regret they even did
their projects? I doubt it. It was required for them to do at the time.
Ask any Eagle, can he still see the results of his Eagle Service
Project, today? Unless it's a cement sidewalk, I doubt it.
I really am not a cynical person, just realistic.