Re: What are true eagles
GM-13 Stephen Hoar (hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL)
Tue, 13 Jun 1995 07:44:45 MST
In his message Bill said;
"Too often I see adult
leaders interprete and establish goals higher than those established by BSA.
This, I feel, is unfair to the boys. We are unique in American education in
that BSA have set a national standard (note that U.S. education is striving for
such an ideal). We should all be deligent to these standards. Each child
should have the right to progress at their own rate, age is not an issue. If
age were important to our advancement program, BSA would have it as a
requirement for advancement. They do not!"
Nothing was ever said about additional requirements to earn the rank
of Eagle. The requirements to put on the patch were never disputed.
The issue I introduced is what do they do after the earn the rank. My
concern was with the previously expressed disappearance of eagles
after the rank. My point was that once they had learned all the
skills associated with becoming eagles, which should/does include a
goodly amount of leadership training, they should then exercise the
leadership they have learned. Part of this come by helping the
insititution that helped them. Scouting should help them learn that
scouting involves both giving as well as receiving. Scouting is not
lnly a long program of skill building, it is also a rather good basic
leadership training program for youth.
We should help them to be more than just the minimum. Once a person
earns the rank or Eagle we should help them live as an Eagle. Again,
back to my basic analogy, every year the military academies graduate
many second lieutenant officers. Very few are or will ever be
leaders. Rank does not equate to leadership.
Every year, thousands of scouts fulfill the minimum requirements to
put n the rank of Eagle. If they all went on to live the life of the
Eagle, there would not be the constant lament about the lack of adult
leaders/unit leaders in scouting.
'Old enough to know better
Too old to do any better.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City