2005-04-03 20:35:12 UTC
never seem to run out of actual situations or "what if's" based on such
situations. Something that once came up leads me to this question,
"What exactly is appealable?" Is only a Rank Advancement "deferral"
appealable, or can individual requirements, like Scout Spirit or
Position of Responsibility, be appealed when a signoff is refused?
For example, a 17yr8mo Life Scout is involved in a "Scout Spirit"
violation that his Troop feels is disqualifying. The family feels it
isn't and plans to appeal any refusal of Eagle based on this incident.
What may be the logical scenario is to advise the boy to complete the
other Eagle requirements, and when the Scoutmaster and Troop Committee
Chairman refuse to sign the Eagle application, begin the appeal
process. Of course the reality is that the boy, having no reasonable
assurance of earning Eagle even if he does complete the remaining
requirements, will probably just throw in the towel (end result,
nothing to appeal, since he didn't complete the Eagle reqt's by age
18). To prevent this, the parents in turn ask how do they appeal, now,
the withholding of approval of the Scout Spirit requirement.
Similarly, the Position of Responsibility requirement could be another
such area. A 17yr9mo is told that Eagle is out because the Troop's
assessment is that he's served actively in a PoR for only 2 months, and
there aren't 4 months left until he's 18. Again, unless there's a
timely ruling on this requirement, the boy will probably just stop all
remaining Eagle work and 18-out.
So, can individual requirements be appealed, or must the appeal wait
until the Scout claims he finished ALL the requirements for the next