What are TRUE eagles
Daniel W Brown (dabrown2@VT.EDU)
Sat, 10 Jun 1995 08:10:19 +0600
>Now that they are
>Eagles, if they really want to BE a TRUE EAGLE, they have the duty and
>responsibility to demonstrate what they have learned and show their
>leadership in helping the younger scouts. Failure to do so shows that
>they may have attained the rank but have not yet become true LEADERS.
>Its like the corporate, political, or military worlds where there are
>hoards of managers with degrees but precious few real leaders.
TRUE eagles? Our scouts have lives outside of the troop and will continue
to have seperate lives after 18. Is the eagle award, just about what they
do in the narrow world of scouting? Why do we require a community service
project? Why not substitute a scouting service project? We are here to
help prepare scouts for life, not spend our time judging the quality of
We've had 13 eagles in troop 56 in the last 17 years. As we have had about
500 scouts in that time, that is a little below the national average. My
problem is that I can't figure out which ones are TRUE eagles and which ones
are FAKE eagles. Most went off to collage within a year of becoming eagle,
then on to other parts of the country. We live in a small college town in a
otherwise rural area so few return here after college. They are a computer
programmer in northern Virginia, a vetrinarian in North Carolina, a symphony
musician in California, a college professor, etc. Most are starting thier
Sorry about flaming, but I disagree with any and all attempts to add vague
requirements to any advancement, whether before or after the BOR.
Advancement is a method of scouting, not an aim.
Dan Brown DABROWN2@VT.EDU
I used to be a fox
Dan Brown ASM Troop 56 Blacksburg VA
New River District, Blue Ridge Mountains Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City