Barry C Runnels (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 09:50:33 CST
>HOWEVER, I do know myself pretty well by now, and I hate to admit it, but
>if CJ was sooooo close to making Eagle, that he lacked a merit badge, or
>his service project or whatever...........I *would* become that pushy
Here is a speech from one of our Great Scouts at his Eagle Court of Honor
last year. These aren't his exact words but are very close.
"There are many Scouts who have the Character to earn the Eagle without any
encourgement from others. I really admire those guys but I am not one of
them. So I want to spend these few minutes thanking my mom and dad for
helping me become an Eagle Scout. I want to thank my dad whom felt so
strongly about my Eagle that he took over a Troop as Scout Master when he
was already busy at work. I want to thank my mom whom encourage me and
reminded me to start a new merit badge to stay on schedule for my Eagle by
18. My folks never forced me to get the Eagle, they never made it easier
than it was intended, they just supported me when I felt like I only had
two legs on my three leg stool. I believe I am a good example of an Eagle
Scout, but I know I couldn't have done it without my parents. Thanks Mom
Some boys are born to be Boy Scouts and the Eagle comes very easy. But most
really don't understand the far reaching benefits of the Eagle until they
mature to an age that may be to late. So we loving adults ride the fine
line between encouraging our sons and making them do it for there own good.
After a few years as a Troop adult, I have learned all boys are different.
They have different needs and different goals. In the last six months I
asked one Scout parents to quit pushing their son to earn Eagle because the
pressure was burning him out. I asked another parent to encourage her son
more because the Scout had so many other interest, he needed some
reminding. I don't know what is proper for us as parents when it comes to
helping our sons earn their Eagle, but lately I find myself checking to see
if my son has the Character of the Eagle.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City