Help motivating Eagle? Or not?
Monte Kalisch (montek@MONTEKCS.COM)
Fri, 25 Apr 1997 10:21:09 -0600
I have a Scout (who works for me at summer camp and is in my Explorer Post)
who, last summer at 16 decided that he wanted to get his Eagle. We talked
about it for a long time, including mapping out how long it would take,
etc. (he had two "extra" months if everything went smoothly).
I remember when he finally made the decision. He said he wanted to. In a
serious voice, I said to him, "Do you mean that? I mean do you *really*
mean that?" He said, "Yes." I told him that if really meant that I would
help him along the way. I asked him if he really wanted me to do that and
he said, "Yes. I think I need the push." He wasn't getting all the
support he needed out of his troop, but he had friends there, so he wasn't
willing to switch.
I've been prodding him along a bit (with hints, comments like how's it
coming, etc.) and today he sent me a note that said, among other things,
that he was not interested in Eagle anymore. He is currently Star.
This Scout is truly a Scout. He has given much to Scouting and probably
always will, but now other things are really getting in the way. School,
band, church, friends, etc. (not that I'm blaming them. These things
happen.) I'm in need of suggestions. There are two options, as I see it,
sit down and talk with him. I feel obligated because I made a commitment
to him. And I meant it. (I made sure HE meant it first though!) The
other side of me says that if his convictions change, that's life--let it
be. Not everyone was meant to be an Eagle Scout and it has to come from
This is difficult for me because I don't know what I should do. Any
comments (especially regrets or lack-thereof from Scout Leaders who
_didn't_ attain Eagle) or suggestions are appreciated in advance!
Yours in Scouting,
Monte Kalisch * mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
NCS Program, Ben Delatour Scout Ranch (http://www.montekcs.com/www/bdsr)
ASM Troop 191, Ft. Collins, CO * Explorer Advisor Post 1, Ft. Collins, CO
~ I'll always be an Eagle Scout! ~
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