What's an Eagle?
Paul Miles (PGM01@ALBNYDH2.BITNET)
Thu, 2 Dec 1993 08:54:32 -0600
Subject What's an Eagle?
I have read with great interest the recent thread regarding Scouts attaining
rank without having the basic skills. I don't mean mastering certain skills,
just not having a basic grasp of them.
Our committee had realized that this was becoming a problem area for us also
and decided a change was needed. I was asked to take over as SM (previously
ASM for 2 years). I considered long and hard and agreed to accept the
challenge, after all only one night a week :-) . I have gone back to Patrol
Method and stressing Scout skills and inter-patrol activity. It seems to be
working - it aint easy sometimes but it is working.
Need a little help. I'm looking for comments from the NET. I have a kid who is
a Life scout. He just came to me last night (with his Eagle coach) and
presented me with an oral explanation of his proposed Eagle Project (EP). I
was unaware that this was going to happen and in fact was surprised since he
had not gotten his Eagle packet yet and his father thinks its too soon for the
boy to go for Eagle. I listened to his short description of the EP but did not
make a commitment as to go or no go, as I said I wasn't prepared for this. My
problem is, while the project in concept has merit (a community mulching
program) I don't think the boy is ready or mature enough for Eagle. He does
not show Scout spirit and often times is the most disruptive kid in troop
I'll be doing my homework on the process of becoming an Eagle tonight (the
paperwork and procedures, etc.) but does anyone have ideas on how to best
approach the boy? I know I can expect some flak from the parents since they
are now pushing for this (the father is the former SM).
So I guess I'd like to hear comments from others who were faced with this
Paul G. Miles (PGM01@ALBNYDH2)
Scoutmaster, Troop 18
Greenfield Center, New York
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