Re: Disappearing Eagles
Jim Miller Sr. (JJMSR@AOL.COM)
Wed, 14 Jun 1995 11:01:42 -0400
Michael Smith in his recent response to this thread made an important point
using his cousin as an example. I earned my Eagle at age 15 in an Explorer
Post in which I remained active until graduation from High School three years
later. At that time I "dropped out" of Scouting per se when I began
attending college. In that last summer before leaving, I participated in the
1964 National Jamboree as JASM for our council troop and served on the Scout
Service Corps of the New York World's Fair. Then I went to college. Even
though I attended college right in my hometown, I stopped perticipating in
either my unit or the council (I had been the President of what was then
known as the Explorer Cabinet (now Explorer President's Association).
Why did I suddenly disappear? College opened up a variety of new activities
for me. Did I "abandon" scouting? No, I helped found a new chapter of Alpha
Phi Omega at my college.
Graduating from college, I wasn't involved in Scouting again for about twelve
years until one day in 1980 (or thereabout's) the local Scout Executive who
belonged to Rotary with me, tapped me on the shoulder and said "I hear you
were an Eagle Scout, how about serving on our Council Board. Well, as you
can imagine, what was I going to say? I accepted and have served now in a
variety of positions with the Council. I currently serve as Council
President and as National Council Representative for our Council. Now I tap
people on the shoulder and say "I hear you were an Eagle Scout ......."
In my experience, Eagle Scouts don't say no when asked to help scouting.
They may be going through a particular phase of their lives in which they
don't have a lot of time available, but they will help where they can. Some
can do more; some can do less. My son, an Eagle in his twenties, is our
Explorer Training Chairperson. He never left, and probably never will. His
experience is different than mine.
While I hate to see younger Eagles leave the program right after earning the
award, I can understand the needs they might have to get away for awhile.
Be patient. They'll be back later, when someone taps them on the shoulder
and says "I hear you were an Eagle Scout......
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City