Re: Inactive Life Scout
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 13 Dec 1995 11:40:18 -0500
On Wed, 13 Dec 1995, John Pannell wrote:
> However, the point that has been made in other places is that should the
> Scout, or his parents appeal, your disapproval at his Eagle BoR he *will* be
> awarded the rank. The point of view of the National Office on this matter
> has been made quite clear.
Combining this with data on when boys leave scouting (13.8 was the median
age, as I recall from an earlier post), I suspect that Eagle is awarded
at approx. age 14, or shortly after the 18th birthday. (How I love
statistical presentations w/o data! :-( ) Probably fewer Eagles at age
15, 16, 17. Why? Maybe the scouts, and their parents, have decided that
they've learned all there is to know about scouting by the time they're
14. And, its time to move on. Boy leadership of the troop should extend
this time into the middle adolescent years, but it is my experience that
relatively few troops offer meaningful leadership opportunities to the
scouts. A Venture or Varsity team may offer some change, but the scout
may still have that "been there, done that" feeling by age 14. For the
18 year old, its probably college application time that provides the
So, the Eagle becomes a convenient goal (stopping place) for those who
have been led by the hand through their scouting experience. We don't
have any further to lead them by the hand, and are unwilling to alter our
program to stop leading the scouts, ever so gently, along the Eagle
trail. They finish the final requirements for the badge to satisfy their
parents, and leave.
> Personally, I would like to see several things changed as has been
> discussed here. Too much emphasis has been place on how to "give" boys
> their Eagle Award. We seem too willing, as an organization, to rapidly push
> boys through the ranks so they can earn Eagle before they think about
> driving. In the case of an appeal, the views of the unit level Scouters
> have no bearing or relevance. IMO, these attitudes should be changed.
> Unfortunately, the litigiousness in our society may actually hinder this.
> There well may come the day when saying "I am an Eagle Scout" will
> not mean anything more than saying "I won first prize in my 7th grade
> Science Fair years ago." How sad.
You may be correct in your prophecy. Alas.
Paul H. Brown, UC, GW District, National Capital Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City