Re: NEW PATROL METHOD
Paul Parry (PAULP@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Fri, 9 Nov 1990 19:35:21 EST
First of all, biological age has much less to do with being qualified for
eagle than does maturity, which varies greatly among teenagers of the
same age. The requirements for eagle contain several measures of maturity,
and it's the job of those who bestow the award to ensure these are met.
If a 13 year old has the leadership skills and maturity to SUCCESSFULLY
complete a project as involved as an Eagle Service Project, and has
served SUCCESSFULLY in a leadership position in his troop for the amount
of time required for Star, Life, and Eagle, and has met all the other
requirements for the badge, I don't see why he would get any less out of it
than a boy 17 3/4 years old trying to get everything done before his birthday.
In regards to getting first class in a year, I feel it makes sense. The
first three ranks are initiatory, in which the boys learn what they need to
know to be fully functional scouts. In the later ranks, the boys apply this
in learning what they need to know to become fully functional adults.
Just think about the titles of the ranks, and this is clear.
The more time a boy spends waiting to be a first class part of the
organization, the less interested he'll be in it.
ASM - Troop 9, Cranston, RI
Business Manager - Yawgoog Sc.Res.
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