Roger L Stearns (email@example.com)
Wed Feb 18 00:37:17 1998
just thinking outloud....
With the easy recognition that the public has in regards to the Eagle
Scout Rank, and the ideals and symbolism attached to it, could we not then
in the Exploring, Venturing, Traditional Troops, and perhaps the Rovers if
ressurected do something along the lines of having different types of
Eagles Scouts, depedning on the division of Scouting that you are in.
Each program would have requirements equal in personal growth, challenges,
leadership development, community service, etc... But as it would more so
pertain to their program.
Boy Scouts Troops......Eagle Scout Silver Award or Silver Eagle Scout
Venture Posts..........Eagle Scout Gold award or Gold Eagle Scout
Explorer Posts.........Eagle Scout bronze award or Bronze Eagle Scout
Rover Crews............Eagle Scout Ranger Award
Okay, some of you may think that's kind of corny, but A Venture Scout,
Explorer, or Rover earning the highest rank in their respective program
isn't going to mean anything to the public who doesn't know anything about
Scouting, and even within the Scouting circles how many scouts or scouters
know what the Gold, Silver, and Ranger Awards are. By making the highest
awards in each program the Eagle Scout, we are giving the Scout the
recognition and appreciation they deserve.
With each of the Eagle Ribbons the Eagle would be the color designating
it's division (bronze, silver, gold). In the case of the Eagle Scout
Ranger award, it could be the same color as it's Venture counterpart, with
an additional pin in the center of the ribbon. The square knots above the
uniform pocket could be done similarly with the appropriately colored
scout badge pin or a Rover pin.
We in the Scouting community tell our scouts and the public that the Eagle
Scout rank is the highest award a scout can earn in scouting. Is this
truly the case then, when we have other programs like Sea scouts,
Explorer, Venture Scouts, and hopefully Rovers each with their award
systems. I feel this lessens the inportance of the achievements of these
scouts in their respective programs. Let's make the highest rank in each
of the older programs (Troops/Posts/Ships/Crews) an Eagle Scout Rank.
Eagle Class of 89
Alumni, Alpha Phi Omega