Is good enough really *good enough*?
Dan and Nora Morrison (norasark@PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 8 Apr 1997 18:40:07 -0400
...I hope this is just a local problem. I have noticed that with new
Eagle scouts, a majority of those..... have just met the basic
requirements, and it's usually in regards to the number of merit badges.
......there are those Eagles that just do enough to get by, and then there
are those Eagles who go beyond the minimum requirements.
It's interesting that we type "A"s end up as leaders of youth who aren't
quite ready for ambition. I have observed too many boys driven and badgered
by their parents and other leaders to 'make' Eagle, and that's the best they
do. Then, there are those who are led, rather than pushed, to advance. And
many of them do not 'make' Eagle, but they may get a better Scout experience
than those who are driven by their parents. Of course, there are some boys
who are extremely hard to lead - they just won't follow anything but food
and mischief. It may be too much to expect every boy can (or has the will
to) earn the rank of Eagle Scout. After all, if it was so easy, it wouldn't
be such an exceptional recognition. Somehow, some parents make Eagle seem
like the minimum passing grade - anything less is unacceptable. They lose
the opportunity to celebrate their son's victories and successes on the
trail by focusing on the end (as if Eagle is an 'end'!). And the boys are
turned off by the long-term interest, short-term disinterest in their Scout
Sorry for rambling.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City