Re: 13 year old Eagle Scouts
Fri, 30 Sep 1994 08:30:20 MST
Jim Parnell writes:
>...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.
>Also, what do 13 yr old Eagle Scouts do to keep up their interest
>in Scouting if they already have the top award?
In our Group of 50 Scouts (Troop & Post) I have 7 active Eagles. All are
members of the co-ed Post (so they are 14 or over), 3 of them serve in
leadership positions in the Troop (JASMs & SPL), but they are still members of
Eagles can stay active as long as they are treated like young men and not kids.
I have noticed many older boys leaving scouts because they no longer associate
themselves with kid stuff. Of course, that all changes when we grow up and
want to be kids again.
I have also noticed that I have 8 Life Scouts, 6 of whom are 13, and 1 is 12
(he skipped a grade in school). Most will be ready for a BoR in early 1995.
My own son was an Eagle at 13, but only a month before he turned 14. For us it
works well to have boys become Eagle at the end of 8th grade or into 9th grade.
Every Troop to its own.
Bill Hunter SM T-99
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City