Re: What are TRUE eagles
GM-13 Stephen Hoar (hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL)
Mon, 12 Jun 1995 10:36:02 -0400
In responding to Ron;
It seems that I may have touched a raw nerve in some folks on what it
really means to be an Eagle Scout. I've seen too many "eagle
Factories" where the boy is pushed through to Eagle by age 13 or 14,
stands around in a daze at the Eagle presentation ceremony, and
disappears when he goes to High School. Too ofter I have seen the
father reliving his scouting life through his son. (much as happens in
sports). To draw an analogy, in the military there are many officers
but there are precious few leaders.
Too often I see troops where the scoutmasters measure their worth by
how many Eagles they produce or process. Is this the point of
Scouting? I think not. What is the old saying 'self praise is no
praise'. Scouting is for the Boys...not for you. It is not a measure
of your adult worth and not supposed to be a reliving of your youth.
Go ahead and tell me how good you are with how many eagles you
produced over a set period of time...I'll not be impressed.
No one ever spoke about 'fake'eagles until you introduced the term. I
was talking about leadership. I was also talking about older scouts
being tolerant of new scouts and not ignoring them because they are
young and disruptive. The older scouts somehow forgot that they were
once young and disruptive. We adults should help them to remember
this and help them to remember that one of their responsibilities as
an older scout is to help the younger scout...no matter the age.
Sorry about the return flame but for some reason you reacted with
scorched feathers to my concern about lack of applied leadership.
'Old Enough to know better
But too old to do any better'
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City