Re: Eagle before 13
alan houser (houser@CEDR.LBL.GOV)
Wed, 21 Sep 1994 11:30:01 PDT
Chuck Bramlet writes:
>once he has earned Eagle, if he goes on to SPL he will take the POR
>from another Boy who may need it then.
My latest Eagle Scout was last year's ASPL (just picked up his packet
yesterday -- 33 days since his board and one of the pre-Family Life rush).
By recent history, one would expect him to become the next SPL. I chatted
with him about what position he thought he would want to hold this year,
noting that he was the logical successor to last year's SPL. He indicated
that he was NOT interested in being SPL. I was glad to hear that because I
was going to suggest that he become JASM instead since we have a number of
Life Scouts coming up, so as to allow another Scout the opportunity to lead
the Troop. One side benefit is that it shows that history or tradition does
not necessarily mean there is only one way to do things in the Troop.
I also recall a discussion several years ago with the District Eagle Board
Chair where he mentioned that he expected Eagle Scout candidates to have
served their Troops as SPL. My reply was, "I have 3 Eagle candidates coming
before the Board next month. How could all 3 of them been SPL at the same
time?" I haven't heard that since then.
Hilding W. Holroyd writes:
>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 have one Scout (a young 12) coming through very fast. In just over a year,
he has come from New Scout to Star. I am trying to slow him down a little
because he does need some seasoning. But he is also a bright kid and a credit
to the Troop. Since the last Court of Honor, he has earned 8 merit badges
(5 in two weeks at camp, plus 3 others -- including Family Life). And he
has been very directed about them. Upon discovering that he needed one more
night for Camping Merit Badge (to complete his Star requirements), he organized
a patrol campout. He has dropped basketball for Scouting (whew!) because
that's what is giving him what he needs personally.
I am not going to put up any artificial roadblocks if he is ready for Eagle
next year, but I will need to work with him to make sure that he has the
leadership skills whenever he wants to earn his Eagle. You can tell when
these guys are coming by the sonic boom, so be prepared (catchy phrase).
Alan R. Houser
Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24
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