What's after Eagle?
Fri, 11 Oct 1991 13:49:50 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
(217) 244-6322 Internet: email@example.com
It's perfectly OK if you have 13 or 14 year olds that EARN their Eagles.
The scouting trail shouldn't stop at Eagle:
1. There are over 100 merit badges out there, with more being added every
year. Get some experts into your troop and expand their horizens! Eagle
palms are very conrete advancements.
2. Use the new Venture and Varsity programs. These are designed for the
scouts that want some more advanced skills and adventures. They also have
more support for coed activities built in.
3. Get them into an explorer post (for the same reason as Venture/Varsity.)
4. Have them start thinking about staffing summer camps, JLT's, and
ultimately, maybe a High Adventure Base!
5. Get them interested in High Adventure. These activities are surely
some of the most glamourous in Scouting.
6. Get them involved in OA. Any of the committees can occupy a young
person as much as they want to commit themselves to it.
Some of the troops in my council with a strong advancement-oriented
program do tend to turn out young Eagles (and Lifes and Stars) but
their scouting involvement doesn't end there. Fortunately their leaders
are able to stimulate the scouts' interests in the myriad of other
opportunities that scouting offers, and the scouts go on to become very
visible leaders in the council.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City