Re: Need Some Advice (Life to Eagle)
Neil Lupton (NeilLup@AOL.COM)
Tue, 11 Nov 1997 14:04:37 -0500
In a message dated 97-11-11 11:42:15 EST, phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG writes:
<< Unless things have changed radically, Explorers who were First Class
scouts can continue the scout rank advancements, including Eagle, while
members of the Explorer Post.. One of the purposes of the Venture and
Explorer programs is to allow the "big kids" to meet separately from the
"little kids" and plan "big kid" programs. The needs of the troop for their
leadership are not really an
I believe this is exactly correct. However, this is not to say that the
Eagle standards for Explorers are any easier, just that they are different.
An Explorer must meet leadership standards, just as a Boy Scout must. If the
Explorer serves well as Post President or some other Post officer, or does
well as a project chairman, that clearly is leadership and would meet the
standards. But just being an Explorer is no more qualifying for Eagle Scout
than is just being a Boy Scout.
Also, and this is a personal opinion, I would have real trouble with a boy
who transferred into a Post and expected immediately to receive the Eagle
award as an Explorer. Personally, I would expect the young man to put in his
full six months Life Scout tenure as an active Explorer before being
considered. For this purpose, I would not consider his time as a Life Boy
Scout, but would start the clock running from the time he became an Explorer.
But it is exactly correct that Exploring is a program targeted for older
youth. And for those boys who earned the First Class award in a Boy Scout
troop, the Eagle award is available.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City