My fault, Rick Neff
J. Hugh Sullivan (sull@MINDSPRING.COM)
Wed, 11 Sep 1996 08:16:20 -0500
From: Rick Neff <rln@PSULIAS.PSU.EDU> wrote:
Subject: Re: Young Eagles
>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?
Let me quickly say that there is no regulation prohibiting a 12 or 13 year
old from becoming an Eagle provided the specific requirements, no more - no
less, are met. Yes I would, and have, signed for a number of young Eagles;
no decision of our Board, pass or fail, has ever been questioned. The
counterpoint to my post is that one does an injustice to a young man if you
attempt to dampen his enthusiasm by intentionally slowing his progress.
My original post had several thrusts and, because I attempt to be very
brief, I sometimes do not explain fully. I objected to the statement that
"NO 13 year old, etc., etc. I expect Eagles, regardless of age, to be
leaders in a number of situations - not limited to Scouting. One question
often asked at our District Board is: if there is a accident and several
adults are already present but they exhibit little experience in handling
that sort of thing, do you think you could take charge and direct the
efforts of people until professional help arrived? What would you do? Of
course there is no right or wrong answer but the response tells you a lot
about the candidate.
I see your concern. Because of it, I suspect your son is well-qualified. I
wish I could serve on his Board.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City