Re: Boys quitting after Eagle
patrick wilson (pwilson@CORIMAGE.COM)
Wed, 7 Jun 1995 10:46:13 PST
I have had 2 eagles in the last 2 years who have made Eagle just a
week before leaving for college. They had to have their COH in
December on their first major break. We won't see them except for
summer breaks for the next few years. But, we still send them a troop
newsletter, so they don't feel that we forgot them.
As for your problem, a few things to consider.
Does he really want to make Eagle?
Does he have to make Eagle (Parent Prodding)?
If it's the latter, He will leave and may come back later in life once
he matures up and understands the accomplishemnt and responsibilities.
At any rate, if he got this far, it's hard to say he hasn't gotten
anything out of the program.
If he really wants to make Eagle, does he fully understand Scout
Spirit? If so, and he has complteted the requirements, and he still
wants to go? He's earned the honor and you should feel good about
that. But that brings up a third point to consider.
What is the program lacking for this boy? Most of us know that the
scouting program is good, that why we're involved. But a boy only sees
what's presented to him. If he doesn't see the value of being involved
in scouting, then we havn't shown it to him in a way the he
understands. This is important to know. The same thing may be
affecting other scouts in the unit. Boys (people in general) only do
what they have to do or what they want to do. Nobody gets a shot in
the arm because they are near a hospital. A boy won't stay in scouting
just becuase he is an Eagle. He has to want to.
If you do lose him now, keep in touch, keep the doors open and keep
him on the mailing list for the troop newsletter.
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Subject: Boys quitting after Eagle
Author: SCOUTS-L Youth Groups Discussion List <SCOUTS-L@TCUBVM.IS.TCU.EDU> at
Date: 6/6/95 3:03 PM
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.
We have 3 Eagles (13, 14, & 16), also OA members, currently working
with the troop in leadership and service capacities. Our
Scoutmaster, as well as two of his assistants, are Eagles who never
bothered to get "uninvolved" with Scouts. We have always stressed
the virtue in "giving back to Scouting that which has been so freely
given." However, there are 2 or 3 that will probably bolt before
the medal on their chest gets cold. Is there anything we can do
with such an attitude, besides ignoring it? I don't want to lose
those boys, and it would be a shame for such a mindset to permeate
Thanks in advance for your input.
ASM, Troop 3, Abraham Lincoln Council
"I used to be an EAGLE..." C29-94
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City