Re: Taking away a boys Eagle
Rob Morley (rmorley@STATE.MA.US)
Mon, 16 Oct 1995 12:47:03 EDT
As an Eagle Scout myself, I am somewaht torn as to whether the badge should
be able to be rescinded.
The Rank of Eagle Scout Symbolizes Scouting, and if a person does not
live up to those standards, then they no longer deserve the status tha goes
along with the rank. In addition, the person that does not live up to the
standards of an Eagle Scout , only serves to destroy the credibility of the
other Eagle Scouts.
The arguement against rescinding the award is simple. If the scout
has worked on the requirements, fulfilled the obilgations of the project, and
passed the BOR, he has EARNED the badge. He has worked for it, and the
Troop, Council and National have accepted this scout as Eagle Material, and
signed off on this application. It is not something that ws given to him,
like an honorary membership.
In general, I can understand both sides. However, if I were forced
to make a decision, I would accept the national policy, and allow National to
rescind the badge. I would gladly give up my Eagle Scout Rank, if it was
necessary to keep the rank and badge from becoming cheapened, or made less
honorable. I know that I worked hard for the rank, and in my mind, I know
that I really did earn it. (No I am not an undiscovered crazed killer ;) )
The Eagle scout Rank means a lot to me, and I feel that when I took the Eagle
Charge, I was given to chance to decide if coudl live up to the standards
that would be placed upon me as an Eagle Scout, and I accepted. I try to
follow the guidelines that were set up for me in the Eagle Charge.
I will now dismount from my high horse. <g>
Yours in Scouting,
Old Colony Council
Eagle Scout '82
Order of the Arrow '80
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City