Re: Eagle before 13?
Bob Sargeant (SARGEANT@CUA.EDU)
Tue, 20 Sep 1994 22:57:16 -0400
Read your recent posting on the 13 year old Eagle. Although I have
problem in seeing a boy make Eagle at 13 years old, I find myself in agreement'
with almost everything that you said. I believe that you put your finger on
the real issue when you mention boys who do not understand the concepts involved
in several of the required merit badges. I think that when this is true, the
counselor is correct in not signing the blue card for that MB. On the other
hand if the counselor feels that there is an understanding of the concepts
involved he should sign it. If all the counselors for the boys MB's have
signed them off, the boy should not be denied the rank if the other requirements
have been met.
We are being dishonest to the boy if we lead him to believe that he is
moving toward Eagle by signing off individual requirements and than saying
that he can not be an Eagle because of age or some other philosophical reason.
I think that maturity is an issue that should be evaluated in MB work and in
leadership roles and service performance. Critique it in these evaluations,
not at an Eagle BoR.
Yours in scouting, Bob Sargeant, DC of GW Dist., NCAC, BSA, the "old Fox"
Opinions are mine in the spirit of Scouting.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City