Eagle BofR/Eagle at 13?
hilding holroyd (blustone!chagall!hilding@UUNET.UU.NET)
Tue, 20 Sep 1994 08:24:37 EDT
> 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
> Yours in Scouting,
I would (mildly) contradict your statement about the number of Boards of
Review for an Eagle. If the Scout has not passed the Board
after the first or second attempt, there are NO limits to the number
of times he may go through it. I would submit, though, that if the second
Eagle BofR is NOT passed, there is something fundamentally wrong with either
the Scout's requirements/spirit or something wrong with the board.
If a Scout cannot pass a BofR for a lower rank, my practice has been to tell
him "we want you to work on .... and come back to us in xxx weeks". That
is a bit tough for an Eagle Board. If there is a problem with the Scout's
leadership requirement or his project, he should not be in front of the
board in the first place, even if all of the other requirements are done.
After all, the SM has to have a conference with the Scout first. If the
Scout is not ready, don't let it get to the BofR. Just because ANY Scout,
of ANY age, completes the MB requirements and does a project, does NOT
imply that he is ready to face an Eagle BofR.
In regards to 13 year old Eagles, I do not encourage the boys to go through
the program that fast. But, I have seen a couple of 13 year olds that show more
responsibility and leadership potential than some 16-17 year olds. As others
have said, it all depends on the boy. I would pose a question: if the Scout is
not ready to be an Eagle, why is he Life rank? The same leadership requirement
is there for Life and Star, too. How can a Scout pass those ranks and then,
all of a sudden, not have the leadership that is expected of an Eagle?
"This is not logical."
Hilding W. Holroyd Advancement Chairman, Tr 250
Lakewood, NJ Jersey Shore Council
Eagle Class '68 Japeechen Lodge (Brotherhood)
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