Re: Push for Eagle by 14
Bob Condon (rec@EPOCH.COM)
Fri, 26 May 1995 10:43:08 -0400
> A good friend of mine has a son that dropped out of Boy Scouts afte just 2
> short months. Their AOL was in February and here ii is May and he is out.
> This boy has interests other than Scouting and is very proud of his Tae kwan
> Do accomplishments and was in a public demo the night (till 11 Pm) before a
> 10 mile hike. Didn't go on the hike. At school on Monday, other boys say
> oohh, now you are behind schedule, you won't make first class in a year and
> no Eagle by 14. Excuuuuse my ignorance, but when did becoming an eagle by 14
> get set in cement. Is this perhaps the reason that this troop is dwindling
> (with a 25 year charter) monthly. Is this why a whole den crossing over in 2
> years won't be joining it. Is this why there are more people joining pack,
> since Scoutmaster left? I already know the answers to these questions --
> what I don't know is how to preserve the long proud history of Boy Scouting
> our school has had so my son can be part of the troop in his own school?
The troop is making a big mistake with all the pressure to advance.
There are very few boys I know that push themselves to be Eagle by 14.
My son just turned 14 and is moments away from being Eagle. I have
talked about how very proud I am of him. HE decided to cut back because
of the flack from other people (that he got through most of the requirements
by 13 1/2, was Quartermaster from DAY 1 of joining) and is very dedicated
to scouting. He decided to ease up on himself and be finished in June
and have the ceremony in Sept when he is 14 1/2. He is NOT the norm.
The rest of the boys tend to be closer [VERY CLOSE] to their 18th birthday
(like minutes before it is toooooo late!).
This town is probably a high pressure town, with high pressure leaders
to "follow in line of the machine" of advancing. This is advancement
for the sake of advancement and not for the sake of the boy.
This troop probably has regular "First Aid Merit " Badge classes so it
"just happens" and the boys do not have to do anything. I view a troop
like this as a cub scout troop. Parents arrange everything, boys
I may be very wrong and harsh, but I do not know of any boy that "falls
behind" until he reaches his 18th birthday. Then, its a darn shame...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City