Re: A place for YOUNG Eagles in scouting!
John Bemis (jbemis@CASS.MA02.BULL.COM)
Fri, 27 Aug 1993 13:21:03 -0500
> Don Newcomb's reply to the SCOUT spirit question once again hit upon
> an interresting challenge! A challenge that even the National Eagle
> Scout Association has not really answered. Eagles scouts SHOULD be
> the MOST valuable commodity in scouting in the BSA/USA. However,
> as was stated, it traditionally follows that a majority of Eagles
> earn the Eagle rank, and then vanish from scouting. NESA, and some
As in the OA, the first duty is to the unit by the Scout. If we within
a unit cannot hold onto older Scouts, Eagle or not, then we have an
oppurtunity. When a Scout has determined there is nothing left to do, then
it is a unit program problem. Do you have committee activities that need
to be run, but noone will do it? Try a 17 yr old Eagle. Do you have a
problem with the mess/mass of equipment that your unit uses? Try him out
as the Outdoor/Activity Assitant chairman and give him a key to the locker.
The OA seems to hold a lot of older Scouts interest, use it. Your Venture/
Varsity crew/team is another area. Just my two cents worth. The troop I'm
assocoiated with has graduated or will graduate 8 Eagles this year. Of the
8, 4 have gone off to college, 1 is the current SPL, 1 is an OA Lodge officer
, 1 is a troop guide, and the last one (16 yr old) is helping the district
"start up" a new troop at his church. Use them or loose them.
Jay Bemis, still an Owl
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City