Re: angry eagle wanna-be
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Mon, 24 Feb 1997 13:22:55 -0500
On Mon, 24 Feb 1997, Robert Gerhard wrote:
> It seems to me the young man in question is learning first hand about
> priorities and how they affect one's life. From what you've told us, it's
> obvious that his Scouting career is not his first priority, and hasn't been
> for quite some time. I would sit down with him and explain this to him.
> Making Eagle is not something to be taken lightly; it requires a serious
> commitment and should receive top priority. Perhaps you could equate it with
> your position as Scoutmaster. Would you still be SM if you gave the same
> priority to your duties as he is to his Eagle requirements? No.
mmmm, ah, Robert? Am I misconstruing your commments or are you really
suggesting that making Eagle should take priority over school work as
well as over bench-warming for the third string rugby team?
While I can certainly agree that if one wishes to make Eagle Scouting
needs to take priority at least some of the time over jobs, a social
life, and sports, I don't think I can buy into the "well, yeah, he barely
passed this year, but he advanced two ranks in Scouts" scenario. My view
here is, of course, tinted by my own experience (my son was in a highly
acceleratedd academic program in HS) and in a "normal" school experience
this might not arise.
> Be supportive; let him know you understand about the demands on his time.
> But be firm. Make sure he knows that by not fulfilling his leadership
> commitments not only does he suffer (in not advancing) but so does the entire
I can certainly agree with this: he needs to know he's affecting others
> troop (from an ineffective SPL). An Eagle would never put himself in that
Well, not intentionally, at least. <G>
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City