Re: As Advan Chair can I make this policy.
Mark Wilson (mwilson@POLARIS.ORL.MMC.COM)
Mon, 21 Oct 1996 09:55:34 EDT
I agree with you that there is much to be learned and enjoyed along
trail to Eagle. But, just as some people only look at the trail when
hiking, some people only see the badge at the end of the Eagle trail.
Unfortunately, the current advancement plan is predicated on the mistaken
idea that, if we can get the boys to 1st Class quickly, they will stay
in longer. As you know, the boys can complete any of the requirements for
the first three ranks in any order. They must complete each rank in order,
though. There is nothing that says that a scout could not be boarded for
Tenderfoot and Second Class on the same night. The same would be true
for the COH.
The only requirements that may slow them down is the five
troop activities for 2nd Class and ten (total) for 1st Class. In our troop
that means it takes a minimum of 10 months to reach 1st Class.
BTW, The answer to the retention problem can be said in three words:
Program, Program, Program. That's why the boys join and that's why
they stick around.
SM Troop 565, Deltona FL.
Eagle, 1974 - I used to be an Antelope...
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