Pete Townsend (ptownsen@HYDRA.CS.GMR.COM)
Thu, 12 Sep 1996 13:17:48 -0400
I was not originally going to write anything other than my first
posting on this subject but since I have apparently started another
major discussion with my advise on 13 yo Eagles I probably owe several
people another short statement.
Thanks to Hugh Sullivan, Bruce Colburn, and others for their comments.
FIRST - I've never advocated any additions/deletions from requirements
whether for rank advancement or merit badge completions.
However ---- We are talking about meeting both the letter and the
spirit of the rules, and there is where personal opinion, experience,
local official/unofficial interpretations, etc. come into play.
Like Bruce commented, I've also had several early Eagles, and none
of them (one marginally) really understood the importance, meaning,
or value of the Eagle rank. Every one of them that followed in Scouting
after getting Eagle, later told me that they should not have gotten it
that early. Could there be a qualified 13yo Eagle? Absolutely. But
I'd opine that the vast majority that get it are not. Moreover, of
the few that are qualified, none would be bothered by a minimum age
requirement, they'd go on having fun in scouting until they met that
requirement, and then go on some more.
Can/would I prohibit a boy from getting Eagle at 13, no, not under
current rules. Can/would I counsel boys/fathers/SM's to get more
practical experience under their belt first, yes I would, and I do.
Keeping FUN in scOUTING, Pete Townsend ASM T188, Rochester Hills MI
(and Troop and District Advancement Committees).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City