J. Hugh Sullivan (sull@MINDSPRING.COM)
Sat, 19 Apr 1997 08:30:13 -0500
I missed the first post on this thread so I can only comment on what
Matt Baldwin wrote:
>I agree that Eagles everywhere lose a little luster with every
>cop-out project. However, I'm wondering how this luster became
>so closely associated with the project. As I recall, the Eagle
>service project didn't even begin until about the mid 1960's.
You bring up a good point, Matt. I earned my Eagle in 1943 and I didn't have
to complete a project. But I'm still here in 1997 and a lot of the project
guys aren't. All that tells me is that my life has permitted me to continue
with Scouting; it has nothing to do with the luster of the badge.
>Surely Eagle was still a prestigious honor for those who earned it
>before then (Pres. Ford, many astronauts, John Holladay, et al).
The Navy considered it so in 1945. I would have had a commission before I
was 18 - because I was an Eagle Scout - except for a heart murmur (which
>Along the same lines I don't believe that Eagles were "worth" any
>less when the requirements were revised back to 21 merit badges
>(from the 24 that were required for a portion of the 1970's).
One Eagle son needed 24 MBs, the other needed 21 MBs. The 24 worked on his
project 1 year, the 21 worked 2 weekends - the 24 would give anything to be
in the 21's shoes now. They have 4 palms (total) and are Brotherhood - I
have 5 palms and Vigil; comparisons are meaningless.
>Eagle projects are wonderful things--but I often wonder if we can put far
>more emphasis on them than need be.
This is the line that caught my eye. My oldest grandson is Life and is
thinking about his project. In discussions I keep looking for something
spectacular instead of something he can and wants to do. Does he really need
to accomplish so much that I can bask in his light or does he just need to
meet the requirements - maybe a little more? Whose project is this anyhow?
He's not responsible for keeping my Eagle shiny - I am.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City