Re: Eagles Quitting
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 9 Jun 1995 14:36:11 -0400
On Fri, 9 Jun 1995, Carey Probst wrote:
> Tim Hurd wrote:
> >scouts. Their noisiness and "pre-teen" behavior gets on his nerves and
> >is quite difficult for him to handle.
> >I fear that when he finishes his eagle rank, he will want to back out of
> >the troop somewhat, to do things more at his level.
> >I have had discussions with his on this subject, but I am not sure he
> >understands everything I am trying to say.
And Carey Probst added...
> Maybe you can get him interested in Exploring or a Venture
> patrol within the troop to keep him interested and active.
> In the end, the decision has to be up to him. I think I
> understand his problem though. I may just be getting old, or
> the new scouts or changing, but it sure seems that the latest
> bunch of Webelos to cross into our troop is the most undisciplined
> that we have ever had.
It seems to me that part of the problem of keeping Eagles in the Troop is
inherent in the system.
You have to demonstrate leadership to get the Eagle; once you have it, you
must step down, or aside, to let others get leadership experience. If the
Troop allows the older boys, and/or the Eagles to stay in leadership
positions, then the younger ones feel locked out. To avoid that, you move
the older/Eagles into JASM positions, with essentially oversight duties
... which makes them feel unnecessary, and can easily cause resentment if
the 16-yr-old Eagle is being "ordered around" by his 12-yr-old 2nd Class
Our Troop tries to avoid the problem by letting the Scout take as long as
he needs to get Eagle and insisting on the 6-month in-rank requirement.
This usually means our Eagles are very close to their 18th birthday (and
in my son's case, will be beyond it) by their CoH.
Remember -- my opinions, not the Troop's or the BSA's.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City