Eagle Scout award
Internet-Go Ahead (goahead@EF.COM)
Wed, 6 Dec 1995 08:55:02 -0500
I've just finished reading the posts about the problem with the scout who was
not ready for Eagle and the pressure put on the SM by the parent.
This raises some concerns for me
1 the parent is the CC and is putting pressure on for his son to get the
has he raised concerns about any other boy? or, is this the "my son WILL get
his badge" syndrome? Is he trained? Is the parent burnt out and will leave
scouts once his son get's eagle?
2 the boy and the SM agreed that he wasn't ready. this is on sure sign of
maturity, to be able to admit when you are wrong or unprepared. I applaud the
boy on this action. Follow up is definitely needed, especially if he starts to
stray from course.
3 Some have raised concerns with the fact that the Eagle Scout candidate is
judged harsher for this rank than any other. This is true, we all have higher
expectations about the Eagle Scout than the Life Scout. People outside of
scouting know what an Eagle Scout is, or have an image of what one should be.
They don't have a clue as to the rank structure and what a Life scout has
accomplished, nor do they really care. The Eagle Scout should be judged
harsher, this is one of the few places that a right of pasage still exisists
in our world. When we award the Eagle Scout rank we are not just saying that
this boy has completed all the requirements for this rank we are saying that
this boy should be considered a man now for he has passed the test much like
the Indians and their youth passed the test to be a Brave.It is not just a
rank it runs much deeper end is rather intangible. I don't want to insult
anyone but when you sign off on an Eagle scout you are saying that we as
Scouters have enabled this boy to become a man,a citizen of good moral fiber
who will do all he can to contribute to the betterment of our
communities,nation, and world. Anyone who doesn't see this is not in scouting
for the true purpose of scouting.
Again I don't mean to insult anyone, these are just my opinions, those
which I feel are shared by some out there, especially those of us who are in
next genereation of scouters by this I mean the 20 something leaders that you
are seeing more and more of. I hope that we continue to be tough on the Eagle
it is much more than just a badge, it's a measure of character.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City