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  • #16
    Base,

    He actually left a "high speed, low drag" troop because they were not camping enough. I honestly do not know why he procrastinated like he has.

    I don't know if it was b/c of some of the Eagles he had seen who were in such units( he's made comments about that).

    Don't know if he thought he couldn't live up to the standard set by some of the "old school" leaders ( he made a comment to me about not being ready for Brotherhood when I was surprised that he wasn't Brotherhood already, "Mr. Chapter Ceremonies VC).

    Don't know if he was having too much fun doing Scouting, i.e. 2010 jambo, working on camp staff, camping, etc and lost track. (he made the comment he didn't realize he hadn't gotten a few MBs)

    And I don't know if it was due to the medical issues he has.

    But everyone is rooting for him. And I'm not worried about people giving it to him. I have a feeling Dad and Grandpa will stop that from occuring and encourage him to continue on, but not push, cajole, threaten, etc him into getting Eagle. In fact Dad is extremely proud that did a 180 and wants it now. But he will earn it.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by qwazse View Post
      This boils down to "letter" vs "spirit" kind of thing. If you've endured Eagle mills all of your life (or even a small fraction of your life), you switch into a bean-counting MC to prevent one more unfit candidate from skating by. If you are used to high caliber boys who are Eagle material letting an opportunity for recognition slip by, you are going to stretch the definition of BOR (or whatever single technicality is in the way) to make it work for that boy. There is little love lost between "bean-counters" and "stretchers" so don't expect the one camp to praise the other anytime soon. We probably endure one another more than actually win one another over. But if in the end every boy makes the most of his scouting experience, we all win.
      It's not a matter of being a bean counter. There are lots of things we have leeway on, advancement requirements is not one. Every boy has the same 7 years, this one suddenly wants Eagle, great, I've got one in the exact same situation. And if he wants it, he will meet the same requirements as every other boy because none of them is special.

      There are lots of things I could do to help the boy out on a BoR. What's a month? Between 29-31 days, so, fine, he can't do it Monday, we'll do it Tuesday or Weds. He can't be there? Fine, we all own phones. Having it without him isn't one, that's not a BoR.
      Last edited by Scouter99; 09-16-2013, 09:55 PM.

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      • #18
        Sorry for the delay in response but I've been busy with work and prepping for this past weekend of "camping" aboard the USS YORKTOWN with middle son.

        I remembered that the entire family took a 12-18 month sabbatical from Scouting due to some health issues the young man had some time back.. Long story short, something happened and everyone:mom and dad from both the crew and district level, he from scouts, and sis from the crew, basically told folks they need to spend some time away for health issues, transferred the records, keys, etc to folks taking their positions over, and essentially left Scouting for that time. When dad and scout came back in 2010, everyone was happy to have him back.

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