Re: Eagle before 13?
Wed, 28 Sep 1994 10:08:36 MST
>>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
These reasons are very similar to ones I have heard from many of my older
Scouts. They also feel that their "real" scouting ended somewhere in early-
high school, even if they hung around the troop in later years. Most felt that
once their patrol was "blown in the wind," things were just never the same.
My experience has been that the happiest times for Boy Scouts is 6-8th,
sometimes 9th. I always remind my Scouts to enjoy every moment of their middle
school years in Scouting. Your only a kid once, and its a very short time
indeed. Those boys who move on to our Post (co-ed), tend to have a great deal
of fun also, but its a very different kind of experience, and one not to be
confused with BP's boy scouting.
Bill Hunter SM T-99
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City