Re: Eagle question
Bruce Dewey (DEWEY@ICS.UWEX.EDU)
Wed, 1 Feb 1995 14:44:11 CDT
Recently we had asked some questions about what does the Eagle Scout
have to look forward to if he should receive his EAGLE badge at an
> I am asking this out of ignorance, > not to get flamed.
> I know there are palms awarded for
> additional merit badges, but what next?
We need to ask why is the Scout in Scouting in the first place. We
all know that he is there for leadership development, physical
fitness, and mostly fun in the out of doors.
In order for us to help him obtain these goals of scouting
we have various scouting methods available to us -- one of which is
advancement. There are other methods as well for the self/leadership
development and fun in the out of doors. We have the Outdoor program
of the troop, the Order of the Arrow (which helps in leader
development), he might become a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, and
help with leadership from that direction.
My youngest son received his Eagle Scout award when he was 14, and
this took a lot of pressure off him. While I did not think I was
applying pressure for advancement, my wife says I was. In any case,
he had been an ASPL, as well as other positions, and the Scoutmaster
encouraged him to become involved as a Guide working with the younger
Scouts. He worked with another Assistant Scoutmaster, and seemed to
enjoy that work. The younger, 1st year Scouts were able to identify
with him, and his relationships with them were all positive. By the
way he stayed in Scouts until he was 18, then since he went to school
close by he continued as an Assistant Scoutmaster, and while he is
less active right now (he is 22), he still helps when he can.
My older son received his Eagle just two months before his 18
birthday, and has not been an active Scouter since he turned 18. He
may when he has children of his own that are that age. I hope so.
A long story to say that there are other things besides advancement
for a Scout to do once he becomes an Eagle Scout. The Program and
some responsibility usually do the trick.
Our troop had a good reprutation for holding Scouts. We had about 60-
70 Scouts, nearly 40 registered active adults, and about 10 Scouts
each year turning 18.
accomplish his I would expect that the Eagle
can continue holding office just like before. He can hold ASPL or SPL
just like anyone else.
I expect that we can use him a a point person and give
him more of an instructor role -OR- could be a Troop
Guide dedicated to advance and be a role model for
the younger guide.
If he does not have a job with teeth, he will leave
and this is a challenge for the adult leadership
> Again, I'm just curious, please don't ...
We are all curious... it sounds like you came from rec.scouting!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City