During the SMC the SM handbook recommends that the SM discuss future advancement requirements and that Life SMC be 30 or more minutes. Presumably this is to discuss the ELSP requirements. The SM should help the prospective Eagle establish milestones that include allowing adequate project review and approval regardless of the time of the year. Since many ELSPs occur in the Summer, the troop should have a process in place that allows the timely and effective review. That process should be followed. The process should not include hop scotching the approval cycle.
We hold the SM (and ASMs) accountable for the troop program. We require substantially more training for the SM and ASMs to receive the Trained badge. That is because the responsibilities are greater. SM approval means that the project meets the G2SS, and ELSP program requirements. It also means that the Scout has a viable plan.
The SM handbook describes the committee as the board of directors. The role of a board of directors is oversight, not operations. CM Training prepares a CM for oversight, not program responsibilities. It is not their responsibility to duplicate what the SM is responsible to do and should have already done! What happens when the committee approves a project and the SM disapproves it for a valid reason? I've returned projects for safety issues, work for a commercial organization, lack of 2 deep leadership, conflict with troop camping trips (twice), and copying Scout's project from another troop (it was in the folder with my Scout's work book).
MBC, Cochise District, Catalina Council, Sierra Vista, AZ