Re: Eagle before 13?
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Mon, 19 Sep 1994 13:46:42 -0400
Well, maybe "pushed" is a touchy verb. How about "encouraged"? As a
parent, I try to be sensitive (usually unsuccessfullly) to being too
demanding. My own son just turned 12 and came back from camp with his
First Class and enuf MB for Star. The frustration I feel as his leader is
that I expect more from him than I do from the others. He also gets me as
an adviser more often than do the others.
Fer instance, on family camping
and backpacking trips I can spend lots of time with him on fire building.
It is a requirement he has already passed, but I can encourage him to make
the fire from all natural materials (no longer a requirement), or see if
he can get it started with only 2 matches (no longer a requirement), or
enjoy the frustration of trying to find dry tinder after a rainstorm. I
sure can't require it of the other scouts.
Other fun can be had by trying to tie the 6 knots blindfolded, hands
behind back, other variations. (No, I don't require these of him before
he goes back to the Nintendo! :-))
Yes, mom wants him to advance. Dad wants him to advance. Little brother
is in awe of his achievements. Howsomever, I'd like him to learn
leadership (and followership) skills. Working in a group to achieve a
common goal. Other stuff that is a byproduct of being with the scouts and
that, IMO, is better learned than taught.
Made me proud when the family was backpacking on Labor Day and he
suggested we do an environmental improvement project one afternoon. We
spent an hour building a better collection of rocks to cross the nearby
stream. At least he has learned not to carve his initials into the
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City