scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Scout Spirit
Thomas Holland (Thomas.Holland@WEST.SUN.COM
Fri May 12 2000 - 12:57:38 CDT
>Life Scout (not in my unit), passed his board of review. asked why he wants
>Eagle, said "need it to drive a car". the Scout has shown, in my opinion,
>poor Scout Spirit, not only at meetings, but outside of Scouting also. he
>has shown little interest in anything but sports, but I won't start down
>that road this time.
>my opinion, if a kid is advancing in this situation, that is a direct
>reflection of the quality of the program the unit is offering to the
>Scouts. poor Scout Spirit--the Scout should have never made it out of his
>Scoutmaster Conference to the BOR.
>one member of the BOR voted against advancing the kid, but was "beat" into
>submission and changed his vote.
>now, we have a kid on the final stretch to Eagle, who presently does not
>have his heart in the program.
I would not have passed the scout. The most important thing is Scout Spirit.
Even if he was flippant or just trying to be funny, I would have at least
corrected him on his behavior. The Board of Review is to not only review the
scout, but the troops scouting program. An answer like that shows me that both
need work. Maybe the program was never really explained to him and his parents.
The end is not Eagle. The process is the most important part. That will carry
him through manhood.
Just my opinion.
COR, Troop 626
San Diego, Ca
"Once an Eagle, always an Eagle."
"If we did all the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astound ourselves."
-Thomas A. Edison