Re: Eagle before 13?
Tue, 20 Sep 1994 10:02:09 -0700
Bob Condon Writes...
"> 1) Is this possible? If yes, did it only become so after the change
"> in requirements designed to get scouts to first class in their first year?
"I don't beleive it is possible BEFORE 13 but you can get it AT 13.
I DO believe it is possible before age 13. I have a good friend here whose
son used to be a very good friend of my son's. I was told more than once that
he was going to be the "first" 12 year old Eagle. He is now 14 and still hasn't
completed his Eagle badge. What happened? Well, another boy in an eastern
earned Eagle at age 12. Chris still has one merit badge to go. His EP has been
finished for over a year. Dad says that if he wants to get a drivers licence,
shows him an Eagle Badge.
BC also writes...
"It is very interesting that my son is getting a great deal of pressure
"from the Committee to NOT execute his Eagle project this fall. My son is
"a very dedicated scout and a high honors student. He also is a highly
"When he presented his Eagle project to the committee, the board took the tact
""Whats the hurry?" Why do you want to do the project in the fall as oppose to
"next year or in two?
"He answered them clearly that he wants to get his Eagle, he already had merit
"badges to apply to his palm. He also asked them if it wouldn't be nice to have
"an Eagle around for the younger guys to see instead of the Eagle that rushes in
Why, oh why, do we have to have ADULT POLITICS? From my own experience as a Boy
Scout, I would strongly encourage him to complete his Eagle NOW. I have seen
several cases (my own included) where putting an almost ready for Eagle boy into
Troop leadership distracted him from completeing Eagle.
I was a Life Scout for 2 years, as SPL and JASM, and found because of problems
which I am only NOW beginning to discover, that I had no time to devote to the
earning of an Eagle Badge. The only negative comment that I would make here at
all is that, once he has earned Eagle, if he goes on to SPL he will take the POR
from another Boy who may need it then.
This is not to mention the fact that, if he isn't allowed to complete his Eagle
now, He may lose interest in it and never complete it. Then what happens to the
other boys in the Troop who look up to him? They would say "Why should I work
Eagle now? They wouldn't let me get it anyway!"
If he's ready, let him earn it!!!
ASM Troop 323
Grand Canyon Council
I didn't used to be anything! (Except younger) Maybe someday...
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