scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: How much help can I give?
Craig M. Oakford (oakford@EARTHLINK.NET
Wed Jul 05 2000 - 10:35:30 CDT
He has 10 months to earn 10 merit badges and do his Eagle project. Given the
amount of time he has been a Star, I would first address his interest
(disinterest) in earning Eagle. It seems that he enjoys Scouting, based on his
Before doing anything, I would have a meeting with him (mother, father, scout)
and ask him it he really wants to be an Eagle. If he expresses interest, ask
him how he plans to do it. He probably doesn't have a plan. Then ask him if he
would like some help developing a plan. If it isn't his plan, it probably isn't
going to happen. I would then offer him any assistance that he asks for. The
ideas that you listed work for me, except for the last 2. While it is legal, I
don't like to be my son's merit badge counselor mainly because I think one of
the great benefits of the merit badge program is working with other adults. As
far as "below average" Eagle projects--I like to think of a project as
"acceptable" or "unacceptable." "Below average" doesn't square up with the
concept of "Doing my best."
"Roman J. Smith" wrote:
> New question for the group.
> My wife is pushing me to "make sure" that my son leaves scouting as an
> Eagle. he is currently Star, a rank that he has held for 36 months. In
> that time he has earned 1 merit badge. He will come home from camp staff
> with one more merit badge and ready for his Life BoR. He turns 18 in April.
> While, Star he also has been active in the troop, Served as SPL, served
> three years on the water front staff of our summer camp, been OA Lodge
> Treasure and is currently OA Chapter Chief. He is our troop guide, and our
> Ship's Boatswain Mate. He did a Philmont trek last summer. He has had a
> great scouting carrier.
> Right now he needs a fist full of difficult merit badges and has to do a
> project. I see little chance that any of that will happen unless he gets a
> bit of a push. What of the following could I do (as both SM and father)
> before others will say that he did not earn the badge himself?
> -- Sit down and help him schedule the rest of his merit badge work.
> -- Give him phone numbers of contacts for organizations that could benefit
> from Eagle scout projects.
> -- Give him ideas for projects at various organizations.
> -- Act as counselor for two Eagle Required merit badges that I am doing for
> other Life Scouts with committee approval.
> -- Approve a below average Eagle project. (By definition half of all Eagle
> Scouts did a below average project.)
> I personally would be surprised to see him make Eagle, but would be very
> happy if he did. So, where is the line?
> Roman J. Smith, SM Troop 505 / CM, Ship 505
> email@example.com http://www.nd.edu/~rsmith1/RJSBSA.htm
> -I used to be an Owl
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