Re: Youngest Eagles
Michael Cooper (mcooper@MCOOPER.SEANET.COM)
Mon, 9 Sep 1996 17:46:25 -0700
Pete Townsend wrote:
> > NO boy is mature enough to justify
> > a Scoutmaster's recommendation at 13. Before we get into
> > an argument, let me say that "mature enough" includes
> > not only mental and physical maturity, but also the
> > confronting of actual experiences in numerous situations
> > that end up showing practical knowledge and spontaneous
> > leadership. (i.e. the stuff that comes with experience).
> > Keeping FUN in scOUTING, Pete Townsend ASM T188, Rochester Hills MI
> This has already been addressed, but I would like to see anywhere in the
> scout handbook, which the is THE key to advancement, since it is the
> basis the boys use and we don't HIDE anything from them, or spring
> anything on them, where it mandates a level of maturity (which is a
> subjective measure).
I agree with Jason on this issue. If a boy can meet and complete all of
the requirements for the Rank of Eagle his age should only be a factor
in acessing his ability to express his thoughts. This consideration
should be in his favor in as much as his vocabulary and eloquency may be
lesser than a 17 year old at the young age of 12 or 13.
> As for spacing and for timing, it seems to me that if BSA was concerned
> about young Eagles, and spacing and timing, they would have mandated
> longer waiting periods between each rank.
Yep I suspect this would be true.
> If members on this list are going to be upset because of my thoughts on
> the Board of Review bringing up skills for rank advancement, then
> everyone who wrote to me ought to be adamant about this blatant addition
> of requirements which clearly do not exist. Or do we all have a double
No double standard from me Jason.... Simply applied "No more No less"
rule all around.
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