Re: Is good enough really *good enough*?
Richard Breininger (rbreininger@ANCHORGROUP.COM)
Wed, 9 Apr 1997 20:38:18 +0200
At 12:02 AM 09-04-97 -0500, James E Lade <jlade@JUNO.COM> wrote:
>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 personally like to see people who go above and beyond ... Maybe it's a work
>ethic that causes some to just coast by while others try to exceed the
Your points may be valid but consider this. Scouting like any other
organization or company sets standards. Many people will exceed those
standards and others will choose to accomplish only what is required. We
can ask no more of them. We have set the minimum standards.
There may be other considerations. Speaking from a personal point of view,
I received my Eagle badge at just less than 14 years of age. I had the 21
merit badges required and earned no others. As a Brotherhood member of the
Order of the Arrow I committed myself to service to others and became a
member of a training cadre of boys in Viking Council who taught boys to run
their troops and the adults to step back and let them.
Do the boys who earn every award, pin, badge of rank and so on, learns and
applies the ideals of Scouting better than those who just "get by" with the
minimum? Perhaps, even those that only met the minimum have made a
commitment and accomplished something that few do. Don't make light of
their achievement by personal feelings.
I am proud to continue to serve others through my 21+ years of military
service and almost 20 years of Scouting.
Richard Breininger - or -
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