Re: 13 year old Eagle Scouts
Bob Condon (rec@EPOCH.COM)
Tue, 27 Sep 1994 09:48:39 +0500
> You will therefore understand my lack of understanding as to why
> BSA Scouts can become Eagle Scouts so early in their Scouting
> Can someone please explain the rationale for this.
There are a set of basic skills which must be learned
which comprises the ransk of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class.
In BSA, they would "like" to see the boys progress through these three ranks
within a year. [ My interpretation of this is that they did a study on
scouts and found that the boys that did well (and maybe achieved Eagle) were
those that completed through their First Class rank within a year. SOOOOOO
they now promote this as a way to make boys more successful. Boys develop
independently of age so I feel they missed the point.]
> Also, what do 13 yr old Eagle Scouts do to keep up their interest
> in Scouting if they already have the top award?
We are rapidly facing this issue as we have a 16 year old Eagle and will have
a 13/14 year old Eagle (depending on project completion).
I have recommended that they be given more of an independent leadership task
more in line with instructor.
Another thought is to have some backpacking trips for Star and above. This is
meant more as a reward than a exclusionary process so we have to take
great care in our thoughts and execution.
From what the boys have said is that they can get involved more in the OA
if elected and do more with the Camp Staff.
> At what time do they become eligible to be Bald Eagles?
Doesn't the balding process start around he age of 30?
> Jim Parnell.
> National Organiser for the Jamboree on the Air in New Zealand.
> I used to be a Keruru. :-)
> (A Keruru is a NZ native bird - a large type of wood pigeon.
> Pronounce "e" as in "bet", "u" as in "too").
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