Re: Is good enough really *good enough*?
David G. Hills (Adcdave@AOL.COM)
Tue, 8 Apr 1997 17:41:33 -0400
In a message dated 97-04-08 16:41:36 EDT, jlade@JUNO.COM (James E Lade)
> 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 badges.
I have noticed this too. I don't think that this is a good indication of the
person's character. A much better indication is what the Boy does after he
receives the Eagle. National sets the requirements, and we follow them. If
the boy gets the Eagle on his eighteenth birthday, with 21 merit badges and a
simple project, that is minimal, but he still earned the badge. If he
receives a number of palms, or if he continues in Scouting as an adult, then
he is going above and beyond the requirements.
Just to make Eagle is an accomplishment that few Boys achieve, but I see
exceptions in the Eagle ranks also. They generally start by earning 14 or 15
arrow points for each cub scout rank. When they get to their Eagle Court of
Honor they have a whole sash full of merit badges, not because they are
required but because the boy wants to learn.
I would like to hold my eldest brother up as an example. When Herb was eight
he had polio. Later he had rheumatic fever. When he was 12 our family
doctor would not approve him for strenuous activities because he had a heart
murmur. Rather than ask for an alternative, Herb just kept earning merit
badges. When the heart murmur went away, he took the strenuous badges, and
finally finished his Eagle requirements by earning the Life Saving Merit
Badge. This was not his twenty first badge, it was his thirty-fifth! Herb
was not quite fifteen when he received his Eagle. Last year the heart
problems finally caught up with him, he died of congestive heart failure at
age sixty six.
Any Scout who does more than the minimum should be recognized as outstanding,
and I have noticed that this has been done on several announcements on this
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City