Monday, October 17, 2011

Non-BSA Eagle Scout Leadership Project Workbook

I don't know how to talk about this without getting a tad frustrated but I am going to try.  I think this falls in the training category for adult leaders.  If they don't know what they are signing, they shouldn't be signing it.

Recently I have had a billion Eagle Scout Leadership Project packets presented to me as a member of the Advancement Committee to sign.  The only problem is it that the paperwork they present to me is NOT the official BSA Eagle Scout Leadership Project packets.  Instead they are someone's version of the Eagle Scout Leadership Project packet that the boy has downloaded from the internet.  Tonight, I turned two boys away because they hadn't used the official necessary project paperwork.  You will note that two signatures are needed before mine as a member of the District Advancement Committee.  The Scoutmaster, Coach or Venturing Adviser and the Unit Commissioner.  Why would a Scoutmaster, Coach, Venturing Adviser and/or Unit Commissioner sign a non-BSA Eagle project packet?  Who do you talk to about this exactly to fix this issue?  Why, when I talk with other members of the Advancement Committee, does no one else besides me (who does primarily LDS units) have this issue?  I don't understand why this is an issue.  I guess I am more frustrated that I feel like the boy's time has been wasted and so has mine.

One of the boys tonight swore up and down that his packet was the official BSA Eagle project packet until I pulled out my copy and showed it to him.  Then he finally agreed that his packet wasn't the right packet.  I told him he needed to fix it and to call me when he got all the paperwork fixed and on the official packet.  The last thing we need is another issue with an Eagle like this

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