Heath H. Herel (HHHerel@AOL.COM)
Thu, 22 Sep 1994 11:11:27 EDT
OK, having watched the activity here for a while, its time to post my
My name is Heath Herel. I am 26 years old, currently serving as...
(let me take inventory of my different hats...)
Cub Roundtable Staff Member
District Training Committee Member
District Activities Committee Member
Asst. Webelos Leader
and whatever else the district / council has asked me to do.
I have been a scout leader since I turned 18 and was recruited back into
scouting by my father after a two year hiatus, with no end in sight.
Now, I have to put in my $0.02 about the issue of Eagle scouts at age 13. I
think the real issue, as has been stated, is the individual boy. If the boy
is ready for his Eagle only on paper, than I think it is up to the SM to see
to it that the boy gets the opportunity to grow before the BoR is conducted.
There are too many "cookie-cutter" Eagles that have been created, regardless
of age. If this opportunity cannot be provided (and this may well be the
case) then the boy should be allowed to demonstrate his skills / knowledge by
assisting other scouts on their own trail to Eagle. This will provide that
boy with the opportunity for the leadership / growth that would be expected
of an Eagle Scout.
If the boy is ready to become an Eagle (including a full understanding of
just what that entails...), Let Him Advance!!! If he is not ready and gets
his Eagle (again, it can and does happen), the boy should be allowed to gain
the experience / growth that he may not have gotten prior to getting his
Eagle. Eagle is for life, not just for 13 years old, I think we need to keep
that in mind and work toward that end; a 13 year old Eagle still has plenty
of Scouting left in him, and we can affect that time.
Then again, I may be wrong, just my $0.02...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City