scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Should Every Boy be an Eagle?
Larry Jackson (larry.jackson@JUNO.COM
Wed Jun 14 2000 - 20:06:10 CDT
Should Every Boy be an Eagle?
No. Only the ones who meet the requirements.
The chief pusher wants this boy to get his Eagle. So
he asked me if it would be alright for the boy to do the
2 Eagle required merit badges and then back date them
and the Star BoR to last April.
My initial reaction is I'm uncomfortable signing my name
and attesting to something I know is not true. When I think
about being trustworthy and honest, this request feels like
I'm being asked to lie and cheat.
I believe you *are* being asked to lie and cheat.
It was argued that maybe we would just be giving the boy
credit for things he's done prior to turning 17.
Done what? He hasn't earned the merit badges. He
hasn't seen the MB counselors. He hasn't met with
the BoR. And this does not appear to be a case
where the scout was ready and the adults were
holding up his progress.
If I bend the rules for one boy how could I justify not
bending them for others? ... What lesson do we teach
the boys if they know that rules and deadlines do not
matter because the adults in the troop are willing to lie?
The wrong lessons, IMO, and certainly not lessons any
future Eagle Scout needs to learn. (And I think I'm a bit
astonished a current Eagle wouldn't already know this.)
This is a pretty big bend in the rules (snap!), or so it
seems to me.
Peter Murphy, SM
Larry Jackson, former IH