scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Eagle Week Summary
Mon Jul 24 2000 - 10:03:48 CDT
I've had several requests for information concerning Eagle Week Summer
Here's a brief (well I tried...) summary....
Eagle Week occurred during week 7 of the regular LaNoChe summer program.
Other troops participated in "normal" events as the Eagle Week Scouts
Early in the year, Star and Life Scouts applied for a slot (originally
slated as 50 spots... took 85) in what was equivalent to a specialized
provo unit. On the application, they included any required merit badge
that they were needing. The Eagle Week Scoutmaster (Ranger Dave) took
that information and arranged for registered councilors to conduct
for their area. If they attained the badge between application and
event time, no problem. Use that time elsewhere.
With the lead time, experts in that field were able to prepare a
program or presentation and series of activities. Some of the longer
badges had several sessions. Scouts were told to present documentation
for merit badges that
had long term pre-requisites (Personal Management, Personal Fitness,
Life, etc.) if they wished to complete the badge on site. Otherwise,
partials were credited and blue cards issued (depending on the council
method of documentation). These sessions were separate from the regular
sessions scheduled by and as part of the standard LaNoChe program for
other troops present during the week.
Generally, there was a morning block and an afternoon block (usually 2
hours with individual activity time as needed). As I mentioned, some of
the merit badges took multiple blocks (Environmental Science took two
3-4 hour night blocks. The presentor was the Director of Environmental
Compliance for Disney Corporation. So the effort to have "experts in
that field" who were registered councilors and familiar with Boy
Scouting was evedent.)
The Scouts were also able
to participate in the "normal" merit badge sessions by politely letting
staff member know he was Eagle Week and might need to do some things
outside of the scheduled class session. Camp Staff was EXTREMELY
and cooperative in maintaining a flexible attitude in facilitating the
Scouts' needs. We had no reported complaints and must conclude that
Scouts took advantage of this opportunity with courtesy.
The SM for Eagle Week, Ranger Dave, was perfect for the post. He set
his SPL staff and delegated to boy run at every opportunity. His goal
to have "graduates" return and accept an even larger role in upcoming
years. Dave emphasized Eagle attitude, responsibility, maximizing
opportunity and fun. Jezzz did he provide opportunity for fun. The
had the opportunity to work hard and play hard. LaNoChe, supporting the
effort, facilitated "before and after hours" use of facilities as Dave
requested them and proper safeguards assured. This probably has a lot
to do with Dave's extensive
training, background and physical contributions to the camp.
Pre breakfast water-skiing class, post closing Lifesaving MB
instruction in the pool. Additional Troop swim or tower climbing time.
mid week pizza reward night... after a hugh Florida lightning and
storm. Plenty of watermelon another night.
Campsite pioneering projects and providing some service hours to
LaNoChe were additional opportunities.
The Scouts were recognized as unique in making it this far along the
trail and were served high expectations in their invitation to continue.
There was a point in time that the group had it handed to them in that
showed up at an assembly clothed as less than satisfactory
of Eagle candidates. After a bit of "oh yeah!?!" , that served as
As in all summer camp situations, different Scouts utilized the
opportunities differently. A very few minimized their productivity, a
major percentage did very well and a few absolutely maximized the use of
The common bond within the group was a recognized desire to be an Eagle.
Work details were assigned and carried out without bickering (YES! Not
once didi I hear "This stinks! It isn't fair!, etc.) Inspection scores
were maximum on all but the first day as I recall.... delays in
the setting up of three additional patrol sites due to the addition of
Scouts... but as Dave explained, who wants to tell a Scout "No, you
come work on your Eagle with us."
I highly recommend camps and districts to develop this type of
not as an elitist avenue, but as a motivating opportunity. We had a few
boys leave in mid week, but a vast majority of those who stayed had
faces at picking up their graduation packets. They had support in their
efforts. They were surrounded by those who hold their goal in high
I can't speak for others, but my son unpacked as he talked about his
for palms and how he could contribute more to the troop and looking
his desired Eagle Project.
Eagle Week next year at LaNoChe is slated as two weeks before Jamboree.
The cost was similar to regular camp fees (~$130 plus some extra for the
special tee shirts, pizza, watermelons, certificates, Eagle Week memory
I recommend highly Winn-Dixie Scout Reservation Camp LaNoChe via Central
Our troop attended last year, and the staff was as helpful then as they
were with Eagle Week.
Feel free to contact me if I can provide additional information.