Eagle Age/Maturity (was Re: Policy Question re: Delaying
Mark Wright (mdwright@GLOBALFRONTIERS.COM)
Tue, 22 Jul 1997 15:17:40 -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.
IF he can complete all of the requirements, then the fact that he is
only 12 should not matter. However, I've seen *very* few 12 year-olds
who can show the maturity and leadership that the Eagle project
requires. I've seen lots of 12 year-olds' parents who can push them
along, though. Sounds like your Scout is the exception to the rule.
> 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.
The SM is treading on *very* thin ice here. If this boy is all that you
say he is, and if he has completed all of the requirements, then by all
means, he should be sent to the Board for his review. Keep us posted,
I'd like to hear what happens to the young man.
CC Pack 584
ASM Troop 136
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