Re: Scout Spirit for Eagle Candidates
Robert Bienkowski (BIENKOWS@QCVAXA.BITNET)
Tue, 24 Aug 1993 21:32:30 EDT
Bill Anderson's question about the Life Scout who has been fairly inactive
for the past 6 months comes at a very <<interesting>> time for me. My son
will have his Eagle Board of Review tomorrow night. It has been a real
struggle for me as a parent and as a Scouter to find a balance between
encouraging him and nagging him to get get the project done and then get the
papers in. (I must confess that I was a bit of a nag, but then it was for his
Adolescent boys seem to have their own sense of time, and they
often march to the beat of a muffled drum. And of course there is the
"rebellion-and-finding-their-own-identity" thing. There is a lot going on
in their lives!
In our troop we've had a couple of guys who advanced rapidly and then stopped
at Life. For whatever reasons, they chose, either explicitly or implicitly, not
to go on to Eagle. We have spent many hours in our Committee meetings,
sitting around my dining room table, discussing, agonizing, about whether
we, the adult leaders, should or could have done more to encourage them.
Our operational philosophy is to give a boy every possible break, and every
benefit of the doubt when it comes to assessing things like Scout spirit and
leadership. Things like merit badges, holding leadership positions, and not
having reached your eighteenth birthday are matters of fact.
Not making Eagle rank is an interesting experience: It can be a major
disappointment, but because it usually results from a series of decisions that
a boy has made, it teaches an important lesson. Still, I know a lot of
people who have had rich, fulfilling lives but didn't make Eagle!
My advice: let him go for it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City