Re: A place for YOUNG Eagles in scouting!
Gino Lucrezi (lucrezi@DSIAQ1.ING.UNIVAQ.IT)
Sun, 12 Sep 1993 03:12:08 +0100
> 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.
I wouldn't be too much discouraged from this.
Scouting is preparing for your life, and also discovering how in your
life you can best help others (I call it discovering your Vocation,
but the term may be resented by someone else).
But being a Scouter is not the only way!
Actually, if boys were led to believe that the only significant
service they can do as adults is as Scouters, we would just create a
self-perpetuating fraternity, a kind of Arcadia exisiting just for its
own sake, where we are shielded from the realities of life, and never
try to change the outside world (while B.P. said "Try to leave this
world a bit better than how you found it").
We have a similar situation here in Italy. At 21 a Rover is required
to do a final commitment to living the Oath and Law in his life, and
specifically to Service. Then he can choose to become a scouter, or do
something else, but the emphasis is on *service*.
Not everyone will be a good scouter. Just the same way not everyone
can be a good engineer, or a good teacher, or a good politician (and
*that's* a good way to be *serving*!).
So, you should be encouraging your scouts to Be Prepared to Do Their
Best in the field they will really be able to give their best. And not
worry if you'll never see them again in their scout uniform. Just
worry if they don't leave their small, personal (positive!) mark on
Gino Lucrezi @ Universita` "V. Rivera" - L'Aquila - Italy
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