what about all the non-eagles?
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Wed, 14 Jun 1995 15:05:05 EST
There is an awful lot of emphasis on "eagles" in this list, as though
the 97% of boys who never make eagle are somehow unimportant. As one
of the lost 97%, I hope all of you please keep in mind that just
because a kid doesn't make eagle doesn't mean he didn't get anything
out of scouting.
I was a boy scout for 4 years and had a great time while active, and
much of what I learned to love in scouts (the outdoors, backpacking) I
still am involved in. I was a life scout, went to Philmont,
Brotherhood OA, was an ASPL, etc. But, for a variety of personal and
other reasons I dropped out at about 16, and didn't get active again
until 4-5 years ago as an adult. In hindsight I wish I'd never left,
but hey...it seemed like the thing to do at the time.
I also like to think that at least some of scouting's "hidden
agenda"--character development, personal fitness and citizenship
training--also rubbed off (some who know me might quibble over this
:<)). Anyway, perhaps what some of you guys trying to recruit adults
for your districts and councils at rotary luncheons, etc., should say
is, "I hear you were a SCOUT," not just "I hear you were an eagle."
This is not to knock or denigrate the accomplishment of making eagle.
It is indeed quite an accomplishment and one which a boy should be
proud of. But millions of boys have had a fulfilling and fun
experience in boy scouts who never made eagle. Don't forget them!
They are far more typical.
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