Re: Is good enough really *good enough*?
Tue, 8 Apr 1997 14:29:47 -0700
On Tue, 8 Apr 1997, James E Lade wrote:
> I hope this is just a local problem. 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.
> It appears that for our council (West Central Florida), there are those
> Eagles that just do enough to get by, and then there are those Eagles who
> go beyond the minimum requirements.
I for one am very confused of your use of the word/concept of "minimum
Yes a Scout needs 21 total badges to make Eagle in a
certain, prescribed combination.. and yes some/many Scouts have more at
that time (we have one Scout with 32 and he is just now commencing his
Eagle project).. but to say that a Scout who has been a leader, has time
in rank and has completed an approved project "but" has "only" 21 badges
is getting by with the "minimum is doing a real dis-service to him.
Are you saying that you believe that more badges should be required to be
and Eagle? I happen to believe that 21 is a good number. I think that
National thinks this too as when they added Family Life a while back they
did not say "okay now it is 22" they just lessened the number of
elective badges from 10 to 9.
In talking to some Scouts that live in more rural area it is sometimes
all they can do to get the 21 necessary....
But rejoyce James.. for those Scouts that you feel are doing more than
just the minimum there are Palms... Bronze, Gold, and Silver to set them
apart for those slackers you abhor......
((I have to smile calling a boy who has earned Eagle a slacker... daily
passing by boys the same age on the street who should show just 1/10 the
initiative of an Eagle Scout))
just my opinion....
stan rudnick www.crl.com/~stanleyb/troop47
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