For those of you who have not caught a majority of my posts: I am an ASM, adult grub/quartermaster, MB Counselor, Trainer, and currently working to repair the pack. My wife is Advancement Co-Chair and MB Counselor. My son (14.5 yrs.) is currently Life, ASPL and Webmaster. He has "perfect attendance" which means every Troop meeting, every PLC Meeting, every service project, every outing, and every pack opportunity (Cubby Klondike, Cub Day Camp, even Den meetings to train on the flags). He has been acting SPL since school started due to the SPL being involved in sports, etc. Another whole diatribe there. He has already talked to both me and the SM about wanting to be JASM when he is old enough, and Den Cheif until then. Our Troop has four other life scouts. Three of them have completed the physical work on thier ELSP almost a year ago, but have not completed the paperwork or gotten the completion signed off. These three have attendance ranging from 47% - 67%, and all have several ER MB's remaining. My son is the first Eagle hopeful that I have had actual "hands on" dealings with. He obviously has never been through the process, and I have only been involved as far as labor for projects and discussion of projects at the TC meetings. So we are nubies to the Eagle process.
My son had a SMC on 12 January. The SM spent about 5 minutes with him and told him to come back next week. The reason that he gave was that my son was not in the right frame of mind for a SMC. This was true. He had to come in blind to the PLC (received a call 1/2 hour before the meeting) try to reconstruct from notes (scribe was not there either) and memory what to discuss, develop Troop meeting plans and an outing plan. After an hour of PLC they moved into the Troop meeting. We had 5 Weeblos joining us that night and the boys were working on an Engineering project and developing menus for the upcoming outing. Agreeably, and understandably, he was stressed and burned out. The next week he came back and held his SMC before the meeting, with only myself, one other scout (Acting ASPL/close friend) and one other parent in the building. At that time he told the SM that he had an Eagle project in mind and that he was kind of pressed for time because some of it needs to be done as soon as the frost comes out. He also does not want to be messing with it during the summer as he is registered for NYLT, CIT (2 weeks), High Adventure, and a couple of "non-Scout" service activities this year. "Passed" SMC, went to the BOR at 8:05 pm. He finally got done with BoR at 9:15 pm.
A discussion between one of the BoR members and the SM was overheard by one of our friends. This discussion revolved around holding my son back so that the three of us would stay active longer. The next two weeks were a series of "meetings" between myself and other adults in the Troop where I made it very clear that any attempt to hold him back from what he has earned would result in the three of us transfering to one of the other 6 units within 10 miles of our home. BTW: He has all ER and enough electives to acheive one Palm. I had thought that was the end of the situation. I knew that there was some passive resistant to him moving along, but last night it struck home.
He has "completed" his Eagle project workbook. He has spoken with the receiving organization twice. He went in front of the TC and presented his project, received the TC signature. He presented it to the SM, received his signature. He scheduled a meeting with the District rep to get her signature. When we arrived last night she first said that he would have a lot of work to do in the next few months. She stated that she had already talked to Mr. X (the one who was overheard talking to the SM) about this project and thought it sounded very good. When he reached in his breifcase and pulled out two binders with his entire plan (workbook included) she seemed shocked. After looking through the workbook she informed him that she would not be signing off because it was not complete. He needs to go out and get the donation committments before she can sign off on the project. When I questioned this, she said that it is National policy. I replied that it does not make sense. If he gets donations and then they do not approve the project the donors may not be willing to donate in the future. Additionally, the fund raising is suppose to be part of the project, and that would constitute starting before all approvals are received. She maintained that this is National policy.
Fine, he will do it her way. We still think it is ass backwards. All of this is to blow off steam, but also: I need to know where I can find more information than just the 12 Steps from Life to Eagle so that he/we are not blindsided with this type of thing again. And, does anyone know when this went into effect?