Re: some DISAGREE !
(no name) ((no email))
Thu, 26 Sep 1991 16:35:00 EDT
I think you missed Chris' point here and my response to it...we are not
talking about those "scout/scholars" that come to an occassional Troop
meeting and the summer camp and the fall camporee because they are also
busy running track, being the JROTC commander and on speech and debate.
And has a 3.85 GPA.
We are talking about those Scouts that "drop from sight" for two to four\
years, staying registered (somehow) and don't even show up because "I've
got things to do..." and then wake up (or someone hits them over the head
with a wet newspaper), realizes that he's 17.5 and needs to finish up eagle
so he can add it to his senior accomphishments and college resume..and comes
to me and says "what do I need to do to get this??"
Your Scouts are examples of what I talked about earlier...Scouting AND sports
AND girls AND a job are all fully compatible....ONLY if the Scouting is done
in ernest and not as "well, its another thing to put on my resume!"
I hate to use myself as an example, but in this case it does fit. While in
high school, I served as a JROTC Company Commander for two years, was a
member of my high school speech and debate team for three years, ran track,
played right field for the high school baseball team, swam (and set a new
high school freestyle record, thanks to Scouting...), and shot both pistol
and rifle for all four years.
I was also a Post President of a TV/Radio/Communications post, Vice President
for Program of a Law Enforcement Post, Vice Mayor of my city for one term,
held a part-time job my senior year and yes, I had a very active social and
It took me five years to make Eagle.
It took me seven years to almost earn my second silver palm. I was short one
requirement for the American Business merit badge...and my 18th birthday hit
before I could finish out the work...
The Eagle Scout Badge is not a "tenure award". It is a leadership and service
award. We need to insure that like those that have went before today's Eagles
that the road to earn it is not all downhill and straight. Like life itself,
we need to make sure that Eagle Scouts do the things required...and have a
life AFTER Eagle to be equally proud of.
Faculty Advisor, Bluegrass Scouting Alliance Club/EKU
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City