Eagle Rank, Venture Scouts, & Females
Roger L Stearns (email@example.com)
Tue Feb 17 21:21:43 1998
One of my hopes with the Venture Scouting is that the youth will still be
able to work towards their Eagle Rank. I would like to see the BSA extend
youth membership up to the age of 21 in regards to being able to earn the
rank of Eagle while in the Venture Scout program. It has also always been
my hope that through the Exploring Program (soon to be Venture Scouts),
that the female youth members would be allowed to work on advancement to
the Eagle Scout Rank.
Think about it. No youth program's award is more well known in the United
States. People who haven't even been in Scouts know what an Eagle Scout
is and what being one stands for. The rank of Eagle is a symbolism of
character. And Character Counts! Eagle Scouts are given preferential
treatment in hiring and in the military. There is nothing about the Eagle
Rank and what it stands for that is gender specific. If a female
completes all the same requirements to earn the rank, I would welcome her
as a fellow Eagle.
A lot of poeple will say, what about the Girl Scouts? They have their
Gold Award. Now I don't mean to insult the GSUSA, but I don't believe the
Gold Award to be the equivelent of the Eagle Rank, nor does it have the
same public recognition. It takes a Scout a lot more effort to earn the
rank of Eagle. And if there are women out there who wish to do so and
live by the principles of what being an Eagle means, I'd like to see them
offered the opportunity in the Venture Scout program.
Women are allowed to serve as members now in the Order of the Arrow, let's
take it the next step and offer them the opportunity through Venture
Scouting to stand along side us as Eagles.
Eagle Class of 89