Re: Scouts quitting after Eagle
Frank E. Brown (73170.3467@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Wed, 7 Jun 1995 10:09:28 EDT
Bob Smith asked about the problem of Scouts quitting after Eagle.
A couple of thoughts;
Have you asked the scout what the troop could do to make him interested in
staying? Perhaps a specific venture activity which would not only interest him,
but also some of his buddies.
Are there any Explorer Posts active in the area? It could be a way to keep him
active in Scouting.
Is he in OA? If so would a job with the Chapter/Lodge interest him?
We have had four Scouts in our Troop make Eagle; One got it at 14 and basically
disappeared; one got it just prior to his 18th birthday and went off to college;
one moved to a nearby town and commuted back to the troop to finish his Eagle -
he tried to stay active, but the commute did him in; my son got his Eagle last
fall, he is currently dual registered in an Explorer Post (2001 sponsored by
NASA), and SPL in the Troop. He is working camp staff for the third year. I
expect next Fall he will register with the Troop, but not be very active. He is
talking about joining a second Explorer Post with an engineering focus
(sponsored by McDonnel-Douglas) at least he is still interested in the program.
It is hard to keep the program interesting fo older Scouts, what with girls and
school, and band, and girls, and sports, and girls, and jobs, and girls, ......
Granted, Huntsville is not a typical town, in that we have some pretty
interesting Explorer Posts here, but Venture activities and Explorers seem to be
two good ways to keep the young men interested in Scouting (and girls are also
Eagle Class of '65
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