Re: Young Eagles
Rick Neff (rln@PSULIAS.PSU.EDU)
Tue, 10 Sep 1996 13:34:50 -0400
At 10:05 AM 9/10/96 -0500, you wrote:
>As Member/Chair of our District Eagle Board for almost 25 years, and having
>sat on every Board except 4, I would have to agree with a generalization
>that rarely does a 13 year old shows sufficient maturity, leadership (call
>it what you will) to be what one is entitled to expect from an Eagle.
Hugh, or others,
Then what happens? He's met the requirements (leadership, personal
growth, etc. etc...). He has lofty goals beyond eagle.. has potential.. has
Does he pass the BOR? If not. What do you tell him?
I have a personal interest in learning from this thread. I am an ASM.
In my troop we have two boys who have personal goals to get to eagle(and
beyond) as early as possible. One boy can make it at a hair past 13th
birthday. The other (my son) can make it a hair before 13th. I can see merit
in the various sides of this thread. Neither of these boys will have the
"maturity/leadership" of a 15-16 year old SPL that can run a troop... but
then again that's not what is in the requirements....
I would like to hear various view-points for my own reflection. I will
not have any control on their motivations or pace. Whenever any of the boys
show initiative and meet requirements I offer words of encouragement and
praise. I would be upset for them, if someone through personal bias invented
rules that might discourage them.
...Before anyone jumps in and says that I am pushing my son on this
course..Rest assured. My son is very competitive. He wants to be like me,and
better than me. I earned eagle, with a total of 48 merit badges. He says he
wants twice that.. He loves scouting, and wants to have all that "the
I want that for him, and all the boys (fun in scouting)!
....working my ticket...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City