Re: Is good enough really *good enough*?
Timothy J O'Leary (tjo@CPTCHR.AFIP.MIL)
Wed, 9 Apr 1997 06:19:18 -0700
I think it is wonderful to see people go above and beyond, sometimes - but
when it comes to a formal set of requirements, people who meet the
standard meet the standard. Otherwise, all you have done is set a new
We have already set new standards for Eagle. It is much harder to become
an Eagle Scout now than it was in 1965, when I received mine. We expect
more from the service project; most of the merit badges are harder. The
activities requirements for T through 1st are harder now. No, we don't
require Morse code for 1st clas anymore, and the personal fitness MB is
now one option among Eagle-required badges, but the Citizenship MB's, for
example, are all more demanding than they were in 1965.
Also, not everything that is worth doing is worth going "above and beyond"
for. Is it more worthwhile for a Life Scout to do a couple of extra MB's
before his Eagle Board, or would it be better for him to spend more time
on his schoolwork, in community service for others, working on the
Congressional Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards, or spending 20 minutes extra
a day on trumpet practice or physical fitness activities? The answer ius
different for each boy.
I am sure they exist, but I have never seen an Eagle Scout who "just gets
by" in everything he does. Most of them are exceptionally good students,
play one or more sports, are active in school extra curriculars, and
spend time each week doing some form of community service which never
shows up on an Eagle application and is often unknown to his Scoutmaster,
and is almost invariably unknow n to the Eagle board.
These boys are almost invariably boys who go above and beyond - perhaps
before, perhaps after, they pass their BoR. They may not do it in
Scouting, but Scouting is just one tool to help foster the development of
our young men - and not necessarily the most important one.
Q: What doyou call the man who graduates last in his medical school class?
Q: What do you call the boy who passes his Eagle Board with the bare
A: An Eagle Scout
Timothy J. O'Leary, CC Troop 772 and Post 769, WDL Pack 1072, NCAC
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