Re: Policy Question re: Delaying Advancement
Dave Hultberg (dave.hultberg@PAONLINE.COM)
Tue, 22 Jul 1997 11:02:54 +0000
On Tue, 22 Jul 1997 00:08:47 -0500, GG Jenner wrote:
>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.
The quick answer is that if the boy has completed all of the
requirements, then he can not be held back for age, even if the SM
uses maturity as a euphemism for age. The advancement guidelines are
very clear that neither the unit or local council may add to the
requirements for any rank or merit badge. Maturity isn't even one of
the requirements. Typically Scout Spirit is the excuse used to delay
a boy's Eagle. If the SM refuses to sign Scout Spirit without
something concrete to back it up and the boy or his parents appeal the
decision, the SM will lose just like the district did.
As for my personal opinion, I differ with some BSA requirements,
especially from some of rules the lawyers have imposed on us, but I
agree with this one 100%. No two boys are alike physically,
emotionally, mentally, etc. While the majority are not ready to be
Eagle Scouts, at 12 or 13, there are some that are. I know Scouts
that have more maturity and experience at 13, than 19 year old ASMs.
This policy rightly prevents an adult from abritrarily denying a boy a
rank that he has earned because the adult doesn't like (pick one) the
boy's looks, ethnic background, religion, race or what football team
he likes the best. Whew!!! Time to step down off the soapbox before I
lose my balance and fall.
Dave Hultberg, ASTA #1781 firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee Chairman Troop 196 & Team 196 1407 Concord Rd
Adventure District Advancement Committee Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-1955
Keystone Area Council, Mechanicsburg, PA
I used to be a Bobwhite (NE-VI-34), but I'll always be an Eagle ('67)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City