Re: Eagle before 13?
Fri, 23 Sep 1994 11:41:30 EDT
>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
>several cases (my own included) where putting an almost ready for Eagle boy
>Troop leadership distracted him from completeing Eagle.
My situation was similar. I was a Life Scout at 13 and probably could have
finished my Eagle right around my 14th birthday. Thankfully, I became an ASPL
and spent the next four years as ASPL, SPL, Instructor, camp Staff member,
JASM, and an OA member and Lodge Officer ignoring my own advancement for the
benefit of the younger boys in the Troops I was in over this time. Had I
gotten my Eagle as soon as possible, I would probably not have continued in
the program for as long as I have(ok, so I'm only 24).
I actually completed my EP the day before my 18th birthday, but I think I got
a lot more out of my four years as a Life Scout(seemed like a life sentence
at the time) than ANY 13/14 year old Eagle Scout will get out of the program
Putting aside the rush for advancement gave me the opportunity to really
learn leadership. By rushing boys through the advancement program, we take
away those opportunities. Let's try to remember that advancement is only a
method of the program, not a goal.
Jim Miller, Jr.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City