Re: Is good enough really *good enough*?
Robert M Lewis (science_guy@JUNO.COM)
Tue, 8 Apr 1997 20:00:15 PST
On Tue, 8 Apr 1997 14:53:24 EDT James E Lade <jlade@JUNO.COM> writes:
>I have noticed that with new
>Eagle scouts, a majority of those who have gone before their Eagle
>Board of Review, at the council level, many have just met the basic
>requirements, and it's usually in regards to the number of merit
This is something that happens all over the country. The majority of
Eagle Scouts get their just before/after their 18th birthday. In these
cases they usually just get the requirements done. I'll admit that I am
one of them. You have to look outside of advancement at what else they
did, and what they are actually like.
I'll admit that I was very slow in advancing. On the other hand I have a
strong understanding and am able to use most if not all of the scout
skills (knots, pioneering, first aid, camping, hiking, backpacking, etc...)
I would question the ones that advanced rapidly to Eagle, such as the
Eagles under 15 years of age. I don't want to get into the argument of
"young Eagles" since this has been covered extensively in the past. My
question with them is did they learn everything, or just know it at the
time it was tested.
Another problem is that many of the Eagles are also involved in many things
outside of scouting. I know I was/am involved with EMS and Fire
services in my town. Both took up much of my time.
I guess that after all this rambling I'm trying to say, most people don't
have the time, or the will to advance quickly. This doesn't mean that
they don't deserve Eagle, or that they have a bad work ethic, just that
they are too involved.
Robert M. LEwis
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City