scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Eagle recomendation letters
Jim Peterson (jpeterson@TZNET.COM
Wed Jul 19 2000 - 09:34:41 CDT
Hello the list!
A few days ago I wrote asking what kind of content should be
included in an Eagle letter of recommendation. Most of the people who
responded provided no help. Instead they focused on their beliefs that
the Eagle candidate should not be contacting the people who would be
writing the letters, as in the following quote from one of the
replies: "the Eagle applicant does not write the request for letters
of recommendation, the Eagle Board does."
Well, folks, it seems that this is another of those things that
are done differently in different councils. Because there were so many
people who told me that the candidate need only supply names and
addresses, I asked our Council registrar, who checks all Eagle
applications. Her reply included this:
"(Scout's name) needs to send reference letters to the people he
listed on his Eagle application. The letters are sent directly to
office and are given to me. "
It seems to me that having the Scoutmaster, District Advancement
Chair, Council employee, or others contact the references takes
something away from the experience. When these Scouts get out into the
real world, their parents, boss, or secretary aren't going to be
asking people to write reference letters for them, they are going to
have to do it themselves. As I am currently seeking different
employment I have recently had the experience of going to people who
know my work and asking them to write reference letters for me. Nobody
did it for me.
A big thanks to David Harris who addressed my original question with
"If I were asked by an adult trying to write such a letter, I
would refer them to the Scout Oath and Law, or ask them to
explain what being an Eagle means to them, and then tell why the
boy fits that mold."
Jim Peterson Scoutmaster, Troop 379, Blenker, WI
Scoutmaster, Samoset Council Contingent,
National Jamboree 2001
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