Re: Eagle before 13?
Mon, 26 Sep 1994 10:28:38 MST
>Part of what makes the Eagle (and Gold) award special, is that so few are
>able to make the sacrifices, and muster the dedication and perserverance
>needed to earn them.
I do not disagree with your position at all. I expect all boys to complete the
work and leadership to be Eagles. But I do work with them keeping in mind my
previous concern over kids having too many other options as they enter H.S. I
encourage my Scouts to become involved in other activities. We even have Scout
meetings on Sunday night to avoid conflicts with sports. I have found my best
Scouts are the ones involved in many activities.
In talking with older Scouts who left the program in H.S. before Eagle, many
feel Scouts abandoned them, not the reverse. My observation has been that
Scoutings golden years is 6,7,8 and for some 9th. I therefore focus my program
so that a boy can complete his boy scouting "career" in that time frame.
One concern that I have always had with Scouting is it seems to be open ended.
We have a great ceremony for all boys coming into scouts, either a cross-over
or other equally symbolic ritual. But for those that depart (other then
eagles), they just seem to fade away. For those not working on advancement
anynmore, no specific time reference exists... they have no tangible goal.
At times I think it would be good if Scouting had an end, a formal closure for
everyone...from which point they move on to a new stage of life.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City