Re: What are TRUE eagles
Jay M. Thal (Jay_M._Thal@HUD.GOV)
Mon, 12 Jun 1995 15:50:04 EST
An Eagle is an Eagle is an Eagle....
In my mind, the question is what is learned of citizenship,
leadership, and values.
I've read two stories in the newspapers recently of Eagle
One of an Eagle who was enamored by firearms, and
executed someone with an AK-47. Perhaps there will be a
future, sometime, someplace, for him. But the values and
citizenship didn't sink in.
The other was of an Eagle who following incarceration in the
Lorton (VA) Penitentiary [a DC facility] for murdering his
wife, turned to the ministery and has been ordained.
Therein, could be a redemptive quality and reembracing of
Yes, many of the experiences and teachings of Scouting will
be carried with us into our later years. But, it is my
sense that it takes a level of maturation (often age-linked)
before the traits are integrated into the personality.
That's one of the reasons (besides fun) that I believe the
deferral of Eagle gratification (for the individual,
parents, and leader) make sense until about age 17. [That's
usually timely for College and Scholarship applications.]
Life will teach us that an Eagle is what an Eagle does.
Eagle '54, Silver Expl. '55
I used to be a Buffalo....
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City