Re: Re: Eagle before 13?
Randy Finder (NARAHT@DRYCAS.CLUB.CC.CMU.EDU)
Tue, 27 Sep 1994 11:35:00 EDT
(While refering to scouts here, this is true of only BSA, not GSUSA)
>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.
GSUSA splits the ages that BSA has youth members as scouts (11-18) into
two (three?) pieces with grades 4-6 as Juniors, 7-9 as Cadetts, and
10-12 as Seniors. Having a smaller time interval for one set of badges and
program seems to provide more time referent.
>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.
I agree with this for two reasons.
1) I stayed as a Boy Scout until my 18th birthday. But the end of
my real scouting career was when I left my troop before I went off to
college. So the last 3 months of being a scout didn't really mean anything
to me, I would have really liked a formal closure before I went off to college.
2) Pure self-interest. A bridge to adult scouting would be the perfect
place for the scout (if going to college) to receive more information on
Alpha Phi Omega. While the info in the scout handbook is useful, it is
too much information for most 11 & 12 year olds and not enough for 16 & 17
Alpha Phi Omega Alumnus
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City