scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Eagle or Not....
Mon Jul 17 2000 - 13:58:56 CDT
>It is your responsibility as Scoutmaster to either sign off the 2nd
>requirement section of the Eagle list or not.
I wholeheartedly agree with the above statement.
>verbally hear from the Scoutmaster or Troop Committee that the scout is not
>Eagle material, but they did not want to be the "bad guy."
But, just as it is the Scoutmasters responsibility to sign off, it is his
responsibility to counsel any Scout not showing the proper spirit well
before it comes time to sign an Eagle application!
It is patently dishonest and totally unfair to a boy to even consider
approving his service project (let alone allowing the troop to assist him in
completing it) if the SM believes there will he will have difficulties in
signing off an Eagle application. Any boy no matter what rank, needs
counseling from the SM if Scout Spirit is a problem. There are countless
times when such counseling can be done. Every time a boy comes with a blue
card to start a merit badge, I take the time to access his progress and warn
him is getting the required badges will fail to do him any good in attaining
Eagle rank. I doubt very much if there are many cases where a scout shows
sufficient scout spirit and ability to live the scout oath and law all the
way through the ranks only to fail so miserably at doing the same for Eagle.
Any such boy is in trouble and needs his SM and every adult in his life to
take notice and help him. (think of the workplace review process, anyone who
has ever tried to remove someone from a position will tell you that there
had better be a series of poor evaluations in that persons file before you
even think about it.)
Far larger than our responsibility to be where the buck stops in signing off
on Eagle, and thereby protecting the integrity or the entire BSA program, is
our responsibility to the BOYS and their needs.
The only ?bad guy? SM is one who waits until the end to refuse to sign off.
such a SM has failed the BOY far more than the boy has failed Scouting.
Bob Lazell, SM
Valley Cottage, NY