scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Blood Drives
Thu May 25 2000 - 05:11:36 CDT
In a message dated 5/25/2000 12:49:25 AM Central Daylight Time,
<< Part of the idea is that the project should have a lasting physical
presence in the community (not that saving a life isn't lasting).
I have just reread the section on Eagle projects in "Advancement Commitee
Policies and Procedures" to be sure I was right and, sure enough, there is no
mention of "lasting physical presence". To demand this of a project would be
adding a requirement.
<< In addition, the Eagle candidate should have a project where he exercises
leadership over others.>>
Should? Leadership is the point of the whole exercise, and is the one
element which ALL Eagle projects MUST have. Even if the project never
approaches it's intended end product, if the Scout provides leadership
throughout the failure it is a successful Eagle project.
<< Simply lining up the local bloodmobile isn't an adequate leadership and
service experience in which other scouts can participate. >>
Quite true. I am, myself, very leery of blood drives for this reason.
However, it is possible to provide sufficient leadership in the recruiting of
donors to make it viable project. I must point out, however, that
participation of other Scouts is not necessary. Sure, that's the logical
source for your labor, but if a Scout wanted to do a project with no other
Scouts involved, he could. The guidelines say nothing about who the
leadership is provided to.
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 69
Burr Ridge, IL
Tall Grass Dist. Advancement Committee
a good old Eagle, too
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