Re: Policy Question re: Delaying Advancement
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Tue, 22 Jul 1997 07:50:19 -0400
GG Jenner wrote:
> Do we also hold up advancement "because you are not old enough to be
> approaching Life or Eagle rank"?
> If you have a boy who "lives" for Scouting
> - wears uniform or scout t-shirt to school every day
> (if mom doesn't make him change)
> - recruits people from school to be MB counselors
> - volunteers to help at school, for Girl Scout events, for service
> projects, anywhere he thinks he might be useful!
> - never misses a meeting or campout (makes own arangements to get there)
> - prefered reading materials are scout handbook, fieldbook, Boys Life,
> MB books, requirements book, Scouting Magazine, etc.
> BUT at present rate will ONLY BE 12 when he completes requirements for
> Eagle rank.
> 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 |
> * Ft.Worth, TX; email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com *
> | I used to be a Buffalo (SC-338) |
Of our troop's 60 Eagles, 18 attained the rank before they entered high
school. Three of these made Eagle before they turned age 13. Our
oldest Eagle was 18 years, 2 months; our youngest 12 years, 6 months.
The average age is 15 years, six months.
We began our troop with a philosophy that any boy could make Eagle if he
wanted to...no restrictions on age or maturity...just follow the rules
set by the BSA. During our first ten years of operation, 117 boys
completed their Scouting careers. Of these, 42 (36%) made Eagle.
I don't understand how anyone can justify "holding" a boy back because
of his age. Maturity varies from boy to boy. Our 12 1/2 year old Eagle
demonstrated more "maturity" during his Board of Review than the 18 year
old boy who also became an Eagle that night.
I know some troops "hold" boys back by withholding the leadership
positons needed for advancment. Generally, these troops have high drop
out rates, low membership numbers and poor programs. The boys suffer
because adults fail to follow the BSA standards. I think this is a
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City