Re: Troop 18's New "Eagle"
Thu, 1 Sep 1994 08:46:04 EDT
I decided to spend a couple of days thinking about this one because the first
reponse I wrote didn't sit with me well.
The first thing I'd like to say is that if the SM never approves an Eagle
candidate, he really cannot get the badge. Regardless, should this boy be
handed his Eagle, a strong unit may be what he needs to make him live up to
what it stands for. I had some friends who earned their Eagle at 13 or 14,
and never thought any of them were ready. Those of us who got it at 16 and 17
seemed much more like Eagle Scouts. The one thing I did notice though, was
that those who weren't really ready came to live up to the expectations of
the Eagle badge if they stayed with the program.
I can remember pointing out to quite a few Eagles that it was hardly fitting
for them to not be able to tie certain knots or other skills. They all went
out of their way to learn to "save face." It's a very strong message when a
Tenderfoot tells an Eagle that he used two half hitches instead of a taut
line hitch when setting up a tent.
The expectations we hold for Eagle Scouts apply both before and after the
presentation of the medal. If there is a chance to bring this boy "up to
snuff" after the presentation, then it may be worth it to look the other way
for a little while. It certainly is better for the boy, the Troop, and the
movement as a whole.
I sympathize with the desire to just walk away from the whole situation, but
iin a program where we are trying to instill responsibility into the boys, it
hardly seems fitting. It seems more like a good Scouter would be lowering
himself to the level of those who allowed this travesty to happen.
I wish you luck with all of this and hope you at least explain the entire
situation to the other Scouts in the Troop before any resignations take
effect. Those boys have a right to know what is going on, and need to know
what kind of boy the new "Eagle" is. The last thing you need is to have this
boy tell the rest of the Unit that it was your fault that their troop folded.
He certainly doesn't sound like the kind of person who would take the blame
Jim Miller, Jr(email@example.com) - Eagle Scout '88
Exploring Training Chairman
Advisor, Post 348
Vigil Honor Member, Mantowagan Lodge #14
Hudson Liberty Council, NJ
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City