Re: Time in rank
JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Sun, 25 Aug 1996 07:37:02 -0600
I have to agree with what Kent said to the core.
I am now a scoutmaster. I earned my Eagle at age 13 (two months after I
turned 13). WHO CARES!?
Just because some boys take longer than others, or the "average" age is
15/16, or some boys earn lots of merit badges and others don't...who
Our boys are not made out of cookie cutters. We simply provide a
service and program back to them. If they want to take full advantage
of the program, good for them. If they prefer a slower pace, there's
nothing wrong with that, just as there's nothing wrong with a faster
Earning my Eagle at a younger age allowed me to focus all of my
attention on being troop guide and on the Order of the Arrow. And that
has made all the difference in my scouting, and in some respects, my
A what if thought: what if we tell a boy he is going to fast and must
slow down. What *might* he start to think? Initiative is bad? Hard
work is bad? Please, young man, stay with everyone else and don't stand
out, you're making waves? telling a boy he can't advance at the pace HE
wants to, and at a pace allowable by BSA, might just very well push the
boy away from scouts, for good. He may never get his Eagle. I know--it
almost happened to me, except for a district committee person on my
Eagle BOR who took the rest of the BOR to task for trying to say that I
didn't "appreciate" being an Eagle. I could tell then, while this
discussion was going on in my BOR, that if I didn't get it when I had
earned it, and when I had set a goal to earn it by, it was time to move
on to another activity.
-- Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
"Toujours en avant. Si Dieu avait voulu que l'homme reculat, il lui
aurait mis un oeil derriere la tete."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City