Re: Eagle before 13?
Rodger Morris (rlm@SUNED1.NSWSES.NAVY.MIL)
Mon, 19 Sep 1994 16:24:34 PDT
Chris Haggerty said:
>Becomming an Eagle before 13 has been possible for a long time. Rather
>than repeat most of what has already been said, I would like to point out
>that if you think a young man is not maturing rapidily enough to become a
>young Eagle but he seems to be collecting the advancment, the time to slow
>him down is when he is getting Star and Life. If he does not have the
>If his leadership skills are lacking, then again, why is he being passed on
>Life? Too often we rubber stamp these scouts up to Eagle and then all of
>a sudden we say your not ready, your too young. The hardest part of the
An axiom that I heard when I first went through Scoutmaster training in
September-October of 1971:
"Never send a Scout up for his Life Scout board of review until he is ready
to be an Eagle."
Like any rule of thumb, this one admits of the occasional exception.
Nevertheless, there is a grain of truth contained in this rule of thumb.
When I counsel my Scouts for First Class, I explain the requirements for
Star, Life and Eagle. Then I tell them that the time may come when I want to
put a little polish on them before sending them up before the Eagle Scout
board of Review.
I tell them that while there is no specified maximum number of boards of
review for all of the other ranks, that normally a Scout only has two
chances for an Eagle Scout board of review. I further tell them that getting
a Scout ready to be an Eagle kinda sorta resembles cooking a seven course
meal, in that to make everything comeout right it may be necessary to speed
up some courses and slow down others in order to have everything ome out right.
Then, I tell them that every Scout I have sent up for Eagle (so far <crosses
his fingers>) has made it on the first try, and that if I slow them down a
bit so that I can work with them a bit more before sending them up for
review, it is not because I do not want them to become Eagle Scouts, but
rather because I _do_ want them to become Eagles, and good ones, and that
I'll work with them as long as it takes to do the job right.
Finally, I tell them that they will probably forget what I have just told
them, and that I will remind them of what I said if it later becomes necessary.
I've found that on those few occasions when I've had to work with a Scout
who wasn't ready for Eagle that when the Scout remembers, it defuses alot of
possible problems in re taking the time to become a strong Eagle Scout
candidate and a good Eagle Scout.
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City