Following the Process:
Why follow the process for Eagle Projects? Well, quite frankly, Scouts are going to have to learn how to follow the process for many aspects of life once they are out of Scouting. In the Scouting program we provide a safe place for these boys to fail. That being said, we should do our best to give them every opportunity to succeed. This means getting these Eagle Candidates to a Life To Eagle class well before they choose a project.
Many of the issues that have arisen over the past year with Eagle Scouts have directly related to not following the process set for approvals, submitting a completed project, etc. In addition to the information given at the Life To Eagle class please pay special attention to the following:
- Project approvals do not get turned in to the Scout Office
- Eagle Candidates must meet with Mr. Beighley prior to signing the "Candidate's Promise"
- Projects must be in a 3-ring binder and be typed
Troop Definition of Active:
Troop Committees were asked over a year ago to provide the Advancement Team with their definition of an "active" scout. The National Council has decided to allow Troop's to define this on their own, with the recommendation of 75% attendance with excused absenses included. For those Troops that have not submitted this to the Advancement Team, please understand that this is exceptionally important and should be included in your by-laws. Once you have defined "active" for your Troop you must come to an understanding with your Scouts as to when that will go into effect and if there will be any "back dating" of the rule. Troops cannot hold a Scout accountable to a rule that was not in place during the time period in question.
Let's look at three examples from Troop 1234 who's policy is 75% attendance w/ excused absences included (National Recommendation).
Example A: Billy Scout attended 7 out of the past 11 meetings. He was excused for 1 meeting because of sickness. You subtract this "excused" from the total of 11 meetings...making 10. To calculate his attendance you now divide the number of meetings he made, 7, by the new total of 10. This means Billy Scout attended 75% of the meetings, and it therefore "Active."
Example B (a more complex situation): Over the past 6 months Johnny Tenderfoot attends 13 of 29 days (26 meetings and 3 campouts). He missed 2 meetings due to sickness and Johnny plays football for the local high school. He missed 8 meetings and 2 campouts because of football practice and games. Troop 1234's By-Laws state that school functions are excused absenses as long as the Troop knows ahead of time. Johnny informed his Scoutmaster of all the meetings and campouts he would miss due to football. So Johnny has 10 excused meeting and 2 excused campouts. You subtract these from the 29 possible, making his total out of 17. Doing the math, 13/17, and you see that Johnny attended 76.5% of the time. This mean's Johnny is "Active."
Example C (even more complex): Over the past 6 months Missingout Mark only attends 8 of 29 days (26 meetings and 3 campouts). He skipped 1 campout because he was on a date with his new girlfriend, and another because he had to work; he attended the third campout. Mark plays basketball and misses 2 meetings each month for games; but he never seems to know when they are and doesn't always tell the Scoutmaster when he's miss a meeting. Let's say he informs the Scoutmaster a quarter of the time, so he has 3 excused absenses for school related activites. Subtracting out the 6 excused you get 23 possible. Mark attended 15 out of those 23, or 65% attendance. So while Mark is very close to the 75% requirement, and would have made it had he informed the Scoutmaster of all his basketball games, he is still considered "Inactive" by the rules in the Troop's By-Laws.
Eagle Project Ideas:
Coming Soon! We will have project ideas posted here from time to time that are brought to our attention by local citizens or organizations.