Re: Policy Question re: Delaying Advancement
Stephen Hoar (shoar@INFINET.COM)
Tue, 22 Jul 1997 06:47:05 -0400
>Our district HAD a policy of not accepting anyone under age 14 for Eagle
>Candidate (until BSA overruled them). Now SM says that he will not allow a
>13 year old to become Eagle as they would lack the maturity and camping
>experience required to be an Eagle.
>Am throwing this out to the list for comments, etc.
>| Gladys "Ginger" Jenner, ASM Troop 502, Longhorn Council |
>Another case of a unit imposing a requirement that is not there. If challenged
I doubt if he would have a leg to stand on. As to camping experience, if
his unit has an aggressive program and goes out every month as it ought to, the
Eagle candidate would have been out 25 - 30 times with possibly 50 or more
nights camping. Rather than try to hold back the boy, he ought to praise any
scout who has the determination, planning, and foresight to get it done fast.
Is a hard charging, hard working eagle candidate any less worthy than a
another scout who wanders aimlessly until nearly age 18 and never quite gets
It sounds like a SM who invokes 'it wasn't like this in the old days'.
I looked around at summer camp this year and saw adult leaders who had less
maturity than some of the boys. I saw one adult leader, quite active in OA and
looked more like a macho big kid than an adult who openly smoked and
used snuff in front of the boys. Maturity? He knew the rules because we had
talked about them last year and he chose, as an adult, not to follow the
Steve In Newark (OH)
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