scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Young Eagles and Old Eagles and Character
Joseph A. Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM
Sat Jun 24 2000 - 18:42:12 CDT
Rik Bergethon wrote:
> Has this scout shown Scout spirit? Does he have the
> character to be an Eagle Scout?
I very, very, strongly disagree with Rik's position.
What, after all, is scout spirit? Some of us try to make
this a matter of doing "scouting stuff" like going to
meetings or being a good SPL. The requirements, however,
are clear. A scout shows "scout spirit" by living the
oath and law in his daily life. There is nothing in the
oath or law that talks about attending meetings. There is
nothing in the oath or law about serving as a troop leader.
The SM's job is to make sure that the scout met the
requirements as written, and not to see that he measures up
to all the other eagle scouts, or the eagle scouts that
he remembers as a kid, or that he was "mature", or that he
"appreciates what it means" to be an eagle.
When I was part of the council advancement committee, I would
have granted an appeal in a minute if the unit said that the
scout didn't show "scout spirit" and couldn't point to a
specific, recent action on the scout's part that violated a
point of the oath or law.
By the way, in my original answer I didn't bother with talking
about the two merit badges, because I assumed that they would
get done. If he didn't complete the badges, there would be no
grounds for appeal, and Pam wouldn't be writing to the list
in the first place.
Of course, short cuts shouldn't be allowed. If a counselor has
not yet been assigned, Pam should assign a counselor who will
make sure that all requirements are done in full, and make sure
that the counselor knows the situation.
Joseph A. Alessi
Vice Chair - Program, Lafayette District
Committee Member Troop 313, Cradle of Liberty Council
Adviser to the Treasurer, Unami Lodge One
Quartermaster, Jambo 2001 Council Contingent
I used to be an Owl!