Re: Boys (scouts) quitting after eagle
Daniel W Brown (dabrown2@VT.EDU)
Wed, 7 Jun 1995 12:40:13 +0600
Bob Smith said
>My first thoughts were that, with an
>attitude like that, it may be quite a while longer before he earns
>it(eagle). I told him that it might be nice to stay around afterwards and
>helped those around him to achieve the same goal.
My first thought Bob was that I had missed something in the Eagle
requirements. When did future service become a requirement for eagle? Are
there no other ways that the scout can be of service to others than in the
troop? Why does the scout plan to leave?
Next time, ask the scout what else he wants to do. Perhaps he has personal,
academic, or sports goals that he has put off to participate in scouting.
Perhaps he has family, church or other comitments on his time. You never
know until you ask and you may find that he appriciates your interest. It
is easy to forget that after our 1 hr/wk with the scout is over, he has
other interests, goals, and committments that are just as important to him
All scouts are not the same. Some eagles stay, some go off to college, some
come back years or decades later with thier siblings or children. We have
an eagle who disappeared right after the Court of Honor. But any time I
need someone to teach rock climbing, all I have to do is call. We had
another eagle who was not self motivated and disappeared after his Court of
Honor. I really wanted to pin the badge on his mother and shake his hand.
He later distingushed himself as a camp and philmont staff member to the
suprise of many. We had a scout finish eagle less that a month before he
turned 18 and left town. He left to attend college and it was a year before
he could come back for the ceremony. Should we have denied him eagle
because he wasn't goint to serve the troop in the future?
You may be right about his attitude, but I don't think you asked enough
questions to determine that.
I used to be a fox
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City