Boys quitting after Eagle
Carey Probst (hcprobst@NETHEAVEN.COM)
Wed, 7 Jun 1995 14:19:44 +0000
Since I've been with Troop 16, I've heard the comment
several times from scouts, "Boy I can't wait till I get
Eagle so I can quit'.
The first time I heard it, it came from one of my older son's
best friends. He was 16 at the time, I think, and when I asked
if he was serious, he said scouting took up too much time and
he wanted to spend more time with the orchestra and on music.
I told him I would hate to see him quit, but that I understood.
He has just finished his freshman year at college and has been
an ASM with the troop since he was 18. He rarely misses a
meeting if he's home, and last winter conned one of the guys
in his dorm into giving him a 2 hour ride to meet the troop at
a camp where we were having a winter program.
This has happened with other scouts as well.
In my experience, the guys who talk like that are looking for
a response and for some support to stay with the program. The
Eagles we have lost have been the quiet ones who received their
Eagle award and simply disappeared of the face of the earth.
I feel that when a scout talks to an adult like that he is often
looking for support. How we respond may affect whether or not he
stays with the program.
Just my .02
Carey Probst, email@example.com
Adv. Chr., Troop 16, Saratoga Dist., Twin Rivers Council
SM(ret.) Troop 16, Brotherhood Member, Ganienkeh Lodge 19
District Committee, Past Dist. Adv. Chairman
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