Doug Gentry (dwgentry@POLARCONSULT.COM)
Mon, 24 Nov 1997 06:45:45 -0800
You asked for food for thought on young Eagles...
I was not quite 14 when I received my Eagle - back in the mid-60s in
Michigan. Since then I've continued actively in Scouting, and recently
finished a term as Scoutmaster for my son's troop here in California, have
applied for my 25 year pin this month, and will become Council Commissioner
this coming year.
Two strong reactions to your question:
--> In the overwhelming number of cases 13 or 14 is probably too young for
a Scout to have reached the level of maturity and leadership we'd like to
see in an Eagle candidate.
--> That said, it is wrong to judge a Scout's readiness purely by his age.
There are no hard and fast rules in the saga of adolescent development.
I've seen mature 13 year olds (and consider myself to have been one) and
I've seen immature 17 year olds.
This is where the Scoutmaster plays a vital role - watching and counseling
his Scouts on their trail to Eagle. If the SM spots a Scout who is zooming
through the lower ranks and yet seems to lack the leadership and maturity
of an Eagle the SM needs to help that Scout find opportunities to grow, and
to let us development catch up to his advancement. Similarly if a Scout is
making quick progress and has an unusually early development of maturity
and leadership, the SM shouldn't hold him back just because he is "too
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