scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: "Leadership"
Paul S. Wolf (Paul.S.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU
Fri Jun 16 2000 - 08:48:49 CDT
> Got a Star Scout with 21 (more or less) merit badges, plus all the
> Eagle required ones (I believe).
> He's been the Troop Quartermaster for a long time, and does a
> perfectly competent job of it.
> Anyway, he went up for his Life Board of Review, and they flunked him,
> claiming that he wasn't showing enough "leadership" in the troop. So,
> I went and looked at the requirements book, and there isn't any
> mention of "leadership" under the requirements for Life.
> "Responsibility", yes; which this boy has fulfilled as Quartermaster.
> Is it fair to demand "leadership" (whatever that means) before
> conferring the rank of Life? If so, then how much "leadership" is
> (This question is moot, as a subsequent BoR conferred the Life rank on
> this scout, which was awarded this past Tuesday at our Court of Honor.
You were correct in your assessment. The Board was WRONG. Had he not
been subsequently passed, he could (and SHOULD) have appealed the
decision, and it WOULD have been overturned at the District level. I
assume there is no "Date" crunch for him to finish his Eagle. If there
was, then he could STILL appeal to "recover" the time lost.
The ONLY place where a Scout MUST show LEADERSHIP is in his Eagle
Project. As you noted, the other requirement is to serve in a position
of responsibility, which is a very different thing.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Advancement/Safety Webmaster, USSSP http://www.usscouts.org