Re: Eagle before 13?
John Oakes (joakes@UNM.EDU)
Mon, 19 Sep 1994 12:03:25 -0600
On Mon, 19 Sep 1994, Paul H. Brown wrote:
> Just my $.02 worth. The Eagle requirements are those that BSA has
> established. If someone young meets the requirements, he should get the
> badge. Yes, 13 is young, but there is no age requirement for the badge.
> Committee members may just be jealous of your son, and mindful that they
> haven't pushed their own to the same degree of success.
This is not a flame... however I find the comment "they haven't pushed
their own to success" an entry I cannot leave alone. I as a Scoutmaster
cannot push any boy to achieve his eagle rank...nor should any parent! I
have seen the type of Eagle that this string is talking about. Boys who
have no idea what life has to offer(LDS and Non-LDS) alike. Boys who gain
eagles BECAUSE Mommy and Daddy have done it for little Johnny.
Baden-Powell, ref; Aids to Scoutmasters NEVER intended for Mommy and Daddy
and yes, Mr. Scoutmaster to do it for little Johnny. He should be doing it
for himself. Unfortunately it seems that the parents of this kind of scout
have quite possibly missed the very aims of scouting and all it
represents. Quite simply scouting, exists as an arena to which he can
learn to be a man of faith, a man of patriotism, a man of self determinism
and self worth. I know any Scoutmaster who is worth their weight would not
be a party in this. But instead nurture the lad in "the ways everlasting".
Then one day that Eagle will be an Eagle because HE had the desire and
maturity to seek his path. There are too many Eagle Factories... My
committment is not to the rank but, the quality of the men that our Troop
Scoutmaster Troop 459
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Great Southwest Council
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