Re: what about all the non-eagles?
patrick wilson (pwilson@CORIMAGE.COM)
Wed, 14 Jun 1995 14:02:06 PST
I don't think most scouters measure their success on eagles alone,
although they are the topping on _a_ cake. If so, a 2% success rate is
really nothing to brag about.
After 7 years as a SM I only had 2 eagles. They were quality eagles. I
learned from them why I didn't make eagle and came to peace with that.
But, I can also point out many success that were equally important as
those eagles. From the 17 year old who joined at 11 and made 2nd class
just before his 18th birthday to the boy who told me he could never
read and later came back to tell me that my encouragement helped him
have the confidence to learn. The successes for me will always be the
ones that I had helped in some way or another. The ones who saw and
learned from me as a role model. The ones who I helped get through
dificult times with their parents. Even the parents who benefited from
the results of our program. There are many stories that I will carry
with me through the rest of my life as personal successes.
Those two eagles will always have a special place in my internal
trophy case, right up there with all the other successes.
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Subject: what about all the non-eagles?
Author: SCOUTS-L Youth Groups Discussion List <SCOUTS-L@TCUBVM.IS.TCU.EDU> at
Date: 6/14/95 12:22 PM
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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GW District, NCAC
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