Easier to earn Eagle?
Gerald Belton (gbelton@MAILHOST.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Wed, 26 Jul 1995 07:42:37 -0500
>I do know that up until the late fifties, it had to be easier to earn eagle
>because there was no age limit. Adults could earn it. But I am truly
>befuddled, and yes a little offended by this comment
I never earned Eagle, and I don't know if the requirements to advance from
Life to Eagle are easier today.
But I do know that it is far easier to reach First Class today than it was
when I was a scout, back in the 1960's.
For just one example, consider the hiking requirement for 2nd Class. Today,
a scout has to complete ONE five-mile hike for the Second Class rank. When
I was a scout, the requirement was for THREE five-mile hikes.
Another Second Class requirement was to cook a meal without using foil or
utensils. Our Scoutmaster wouldn't let us get away with hot dogs on sticks,
either; we had to cook a complete meal. We roasted a chicken on a spit,
cooked corn in its own husks, and baked potatoes in the coals. We even
baked biscuits by wrapping the dough in leaves and putting them in the
coals. This requirement has completely disappeared.
A Tenderfoot scout was required to know not only how to display the flag,
but he was expected to give a history of the flag and explain some of the
symbolism. This requirement also has vanished.
Other requirements have been simplified or eliminated, but without my
handbook in front of me I can only recall these three.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City