Re: Getting Eagle Too Early?
Stephen Hoar (shoar@INFINET.COM)
Thu, 24 Jul 1997 13:25:56 -0400
At 10:03 AM 7/24/97 -0500, you wrote:
Your "test" comes after
>you get your Eagle, not before. Your "test" is to see how much you give
>back to scouting. The earlier you get your Eagle, the more time you have
>to give back. All flames and comments welcome. :-)
Ben brings up a good point. In my view of the world the measure of what
the eagle has learned can be reflected in what he does with and for
scouting after he reaches Eagle. I brought this up once before and was
thoroughly excoriated for placing 'additional requirements' on the
Eagles. Many, too many, disappear right after making eagle. They tend
to forget that a key leadership measure is the willingness to reach back
and help younger scouts on their journey. They forget the help and generosity
of others that helped down the trail. But perhaps it is the impatience of
youth that causes them to rush on to the next challenge in life. The
immaturity and lack of experience of youth I can forgive. Perhaps we,
the adults, forgot to set the example and teach them unselfishness and
The other issue of Eagles that does tend to aggravate has to do with the
older adult eagles. Too often they bring their sons to the troop, expect us
to help their sons down the trail but are unwilling to help the unit or other
scouts. Unfortuantely, they forgot what it means to be an Eagle. They
have the badge but they forgot the challenge.
As the military members out there will tell you, just because an officer
pins on a brown bar it doesnt automatically make him a gentleman or a leader.
The same analogy hold true for Scouting there is a lot more to living the
life of an Eagle than wearing the badge.
Steve in Newark
Wearing nomex today.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City