Leaving after Eagle
Carey Probst (hcprobst@NETHEAVEN.COM)
Sat, 10 Jun 1995 11:11:59 +0000
Ted Sarah wrote:
>I know the problem, my oldest boy finished his Eagle when he was 15 and went
>on to earn 7 palms. Now my youngest who is now 16, is Life and only 4 MB's
>and a project away from Eagle is not doing one thing. He is very active in
>school with Debate, band, etc. and he has found girls, but hasn't really
>started to drive yet, too bust to learn. He doesn't even go to troop
>meetings anymore. It appears that he has lost interest and we just can't
>seem to jump start him. And, that doesn't look too good for a district
Ted, I wish you luck. Your son may just be going through a
phase and will come back.
My younger son went through a similar phase. He had done all
of the merit badges, leadership, etc. for Eagle but just wasn't
interested in doing a project. We tried encouragement, etc.
and that made things worse if anything. Finally we decided that
we should just leave him alone, that he was old enough to make
his own decisions, after all, it was his Eagle, not his mother's
Fortunately, he never quit scouts, just went very inactive for a
Finally, after about 18 months of doing nothing, he returned to
be even more active than before. He received his Eagle in Dec.
of 1993 and has just received his 2nd Bronze Palm. He has
enough merit badges for a third silver if he doesn't run out of
Hopefully, your son just needs a break and with support will
return. Do the kids he runs around with give him a hard time
about scouts? That may be part of the problem.
Give him my best.
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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