Re: Boys quitting after Eagle
Scott Drown (scottdd@HALCYON.COM)
Wed, 7 Jun 1995 05:40:53 -0800
>At last night's troop meeting, I heard a comment from one of the
>boys, and it kinda bothered me. The boy is 15,almost to Life Scout,
>not entirely self-motivated, but a good scout nonetheless. The
>comment he made was "Boy, I can't wait to get my Eagle, then I'm
>outta here." I asked him if he really meant that. He responded
>that he's been in scouting long enough, and he's quitting the troop
>as soon as he earns his Eagle. My first thoughts were that, with an
>attitude like that, it may be quite a while longer before he earns
>it. I told him that it might be nice to stay around afterwards and
>helped those around him to achieve the same goal. He shrugged his
>shoulders and walked away.
I don't think I would really worry it that much. We are a small troop but
we seem to produce about 1-2 Eagles a year out of the 15 core members.
Some of these have said that they will quit when they make Eagle - but
never seem to. Almost as if it becomes a regular habit! We still have
Eagles who turned 18 years ago, are now adults and still come to meetings
on occassion and help out at ceremonies.
Even if this Scout does quite, I'll bet he'll be back into Scouting at some
point as an adult.
ASM Troop 39, Maltby, Wa.
Mt. Baker Council, Wa.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City