Trevor, a Life Scout, recently got his Eagle Scout Project Proposal OK’d by his unit leader, unit committee, the project beneficiary and his council or district.
With that complete, next up in the process is filling out a Final Plan, which the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook says is a tool for the Scout’s use only. Nobody approves it, though it’s recommended Trevor share it with his project coach.
Here’s where a little bit of tension arises.
Trevor (not his real name) asks his Scout leader whether he can simply begin work on the project and complete the Final Plan section of his Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook after the project is completed. In other words, he’d essentially be creating an after-action report rather than a plan.
He wants to take a “wing-it-as-I go” approach to planning the project and write down what he does as he does it.
His Scout leader — we’ll call him Paul — isn’t sure how to respond. There are no Scout leader approvals required at this stage. So he coaches the Scout to encourage him to develop a plan before beginning the project.
It works, and Trevor agrees to complete the Final Plan.
However, because Paul’s approval isn’t required, Paul wonders what would have happened if Trevor refused to complete his Final Plan in advance of beginning work on the project. Trevor, Paul tells me, tends to challenge authority and might have said, “it says I don’t need your approval, so I’m going to do it my way.”
So Paul wrote me asking, “Is there any mechanism in place that requires a Scout to complete the Final Plan of the Eagle Project Workbook before beginning work on his project?”
Michael Lo Vecchio of the BSA’s Content Management Team helped me find the answer, which you can find after the jump. Continue reading