Re: Eagle before 13?
Andy McElhannon (Andrew_McElhannon@BAYLOR.EDU)
Fri, 23 Sep 1994 13:09:45 +0000
Ok, I can't help but put my two cents into this topic.
Regarding wether or not to be active in the community ie LL BBall etc.. and
Scouts. And I'll try to tie it into the 13 year old part too.
1stly. We, as scouts (scouters too) ought to be involved with more than just
Scouting. No one will argue that. As to what extent we should be involved with
that is more an issue. Lets face it. There is a lot more for youth to do today
than in years past. He/she can pick and choose the activities in which to be
involved. As I know plenty of adults who are over committed, why should I be
supprised to find their children in the same boat as they are. They have too
much on their plate, too many irons in the fire, etc... you get the picture.
Something's got to give. I have yet to discover how to be in two (three) places
at one time. If anyone has discovered this secret please post it to the group,
as I think most of us could use it too:-)
If this process continues the Scout will be forced out of one activity as he has
too much happening(even school!) Being honest, It might wind up being Scouting
that the Scout chooses to give up, I've seen it in the troop where I'm ASM. The
troop did the best job it could do retaining the boys short of hostage
I hope the above has led me to my second point (maybe not, but here we go any
Only 1-2% of all scouts who join the BSA program attain the rank of Eagle Scout.
This is of course common knowledge. We shouldn't tailor a program for the
scouts that allow them to get Eagles Scout before Baseball season start just so
Tommy can finish just in case he decides to not come back in six mo. I do
believe that we should work closely with those Scouts who are dedicated to
advancement but also have a desire to play sports. This does require more
planning for a troop, but it is possible under most situations. This could be
done by scheduling the troop elections such as that they fall along the lines of
sports seasons in your area, so that during the time when some of your Scouts
aren't playing sports they can be serving the troop in a leadership possition.
This is just a suggestion, if anyone has actually tried it tell us how it
I try to remember that as an adult leader with the troop I work with that it is
my job to empower the Scouts to attain the Eagle Rank in such a way as to
maintain the integrity of the award, that is no small task today.
Any way that was my $ .02
YiS Andy McElhannon Andrew_McElhannon@baylor.edu
Such as they are-these are my oppinions
Used to be an Eagle
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City