Re: Why Eagle?
Cindy M. Dietz (CDietzKS@AOL.COM)
Mon, 11 Mar 1996 16:49:25 -0500
>Well, I have to give a speach at our Troop's banquet with the
> working title of "Why [aim for] Eagle?". I've been scratching my head
> over an approach: the audience is Tenderfoot and Second Class. I
> don't want to use "because it will look good on a resume <G>" or
> "People will think highly of you". I need something that will inspire
> them to want to aspire to the rank.
> Can anyone suggest some points to make?
Its not the patch, or title its the skills achieved. 8 years ago I attended
cub scout pow wow. I took the religious emblems class. The instructor said
that the patch, medal, bead.... is nothing more that a gimick to get the kids
to do the work. The eagle
patch represents the learning, teaching, leadership, work, and determination
that the young man has achieved. Take a look at the requirements for rank.
The first three (T, 2, 1) teach basic survival skills, how to cook, how to
start a fire, how to work a compass, basic first aid, to work as a group,
swimming & hiking safety, ect.... For the most part these are basic survival
skills teaching them to learn to take care of themselves and a group. The
last three ranks the scout experiences leadership and fine tune the survival
skills. They learn to become strong members of a society. They learn about
the government (national, state, local), money management, to lead a group
(small and large) and to teach skills, family life, emergancy preparedness
for themselves and their community, the responsiblity of an individual to
self, family, community (service projects), to communicate infront of a
group and to an individual, ....... ect. A super service project to put all
the above skills that have been learned into action. And most of it will
involve having fun.
And if you work hard and complete all the requirements you will be a young
has made a better place for your family & community. A young man that would
have learned the skills necessary to be a strong member of society. You will
be prepared for life. And you will get the $2 patch that people will look up
to because of the work and dedication involved in EARNING it.
I think you should sell them on the program at this age and the rank will
Mom of an Eagle scout.
ASM T144, Rainwalkers
Kansas City, KS
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City