Re: eagle award
Internet-Go Ahead (goahead@EF.COM)
Thu, 7 Dec 1995 09:49:39 -0500
As I see, I have stirred up a veritable hornets nest with my comments on
the Eagle scout award and do need to clarify some things,
I still beleive that the Eagle Scout candidate should be held to a higher
standard but also that this standard should gradually be
put into place over the course of progression up the ranks.
The standards are well know and accepted in any healthy troop,
though often times not spoken or written down, they are just
something that are accepted by all involved.
The problem with the standards for Scout Spirit set by national
are that there are no written standards leaving this open to subjective
application by the individual leader involved. Since we are individuals
we all interpet this in different ways, what maybe an acceptible standard
for me may seem unreasonable for you.
Another thing that I see is that a lot of experienced scouters are
coddeling the youth members today. I think this happens because naturally we
want things to be easier for youth that come behind us, but this is wrong and
making for a weaker generation.These kids are more sophisticated and face far
more complex issues than we did when we were in their shoes. This is
even evident for someone like me who was in their shoes ten years ago.
I really honestly feel that a lot of impressions of the
youth of today in general have pervaded the way that we percieve
our youth, that they are incompetent, lazy, insubordinate,
and generally unproductive. THIS IS ENTIRELY FALSE!!!
The youth today are able to stand up and exceed any standard we can
set for them.They are far more able than we realize just give
them the task and they will surprise you.This is the reason that I feel that
we should judge an Eagle Scout harder but NOT just at the Eagle level, instead
we should hold them to the high ideals of scouting throughout their
up the ranks.
Now as to my statement of our purpose in scouting, that we are to enable boys
to become citizens of strong moral character, this was taken from a direct
quote of Baden Powell when he was asked what the aims of scouting were. As
soon as I find the quote in my literature that I have, I will document it.
This where we are going wrong that we are becoming too concerned with money,
and other peoples perception of the boy scouts. We should forget about the
thought police and their 'politically correctness' and get back to the real
job, that of building MEN who are Trustwothy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly,
Courtious, Kind, Obedeint, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, And Reverent from
boys who have no sense of what these things mean.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City