razor_strop wrote:Those that spent time in the military, particularly the Army, are probably familiar with the term "Tab/Badge Protectors". They are the folks that were involved in the testing or evaluating portions of a course that, if the student passed, would be awarded a special badge or tab signifying their accomplishment. The "protectors" were those that, for whatever reason, would dig into the minutia of the requirements to actively find reasons to keep students/candidates from earning the award, since "they aren't working as hard as I had to", or "they don't appreciate what this means", or "I'm just ensuring the awardees measure up to the expectations others have of award holders". Sometimes, these "protectors" didn't even earn the award themselves, but felt they had a mandate to keep others from earning it unless they measured up to their skewed (and often outside of policy) expectations. As you can imagine, tab protectors were a truly despised group of folks, and for good reason.
I mention all this as a cautionary note. Boy Scouting is an inclusionary organzation. Its aims are not to keep out those youth that someone has arbitrarily deemed "unworthy". Rather, our job as adults is to enable the youth to not only reach their potential, but to exceed it whenever possible. Has the Scout met the published requirements? If yes, then recognize him. If not, then help him to do so. Don't create artificial obstacles to ensure our personal standards are tacked on to the already challenging requirements.
In other words, don't be an Eagle Badge protector.
I don't find this situation as protecting the Eagle Badge and I do have one. All Scouts who wish to achieve Eagle must follow the same rules as any other scout. Eagle requirements are not minutia. Req 6 of the application says attach the statements, then write them and attach them. We should all demand scouts take some personal responsibility and have the highest of standards for those who want to achieve and have achieved Eagle. Don't attach your resume to your job application and see how far you get.
Another "military term" we used is called "Attention to Detail" at all levels of the chain. In this case, the scout, his SM, his CC and the council all failed to adhere to this. For this particular unit it is a "pattern of behavior" that is the most disturbing. This is the 3rd scout in recent history that has had a glitch due to last of effort on the scouts or units part. It is like they feel there is an entitlement and the EBOR is just a perfunctory thing that has to be done before they can have a ECOH.