Re: Early Eagles
BLUE-EYED EAGLE (0203127@ACAD.NWMISSOURI.EDU)
Mon, 24 Nov 1997 12:42:02 -0600
I don't have too much to say (for once) about young Eagle Scouts. Mostly
because others have already expressed my views very eloquently.
I got my Eagle a few months after my 13th birthday. I went on to serve as
Senior Patrol Leader, then Troop Guide, then JASM, and now ASM for my Troop.
Earning my Eagle early let me focus on helping the younger scouts, something
I've always enjoyed doing. It also let me take on more of a leadership role in
the Troop, and it gave me time to earn 5 Eagle Palms. We are fortunate that in
the Heart of America Council we have a very strong Honor Camping program. This
gives scouts plenty of additional places to direct their enthusiasm. It was a
major factor in keeping me so involved.
Did I truly understand what it meant to be an Eagle at age 13? No, not fully.
I have a much deeper understanding of it now. I'd still be willing to
speculate that I had a better understanding at 13 than some do at 17, though.
If I had it to do over, I wouldn't delay getting my Eagle. For me, it was
the right time and I was fortunate enough to have parents and scout leaders
that supported me in this.
As many of you have said, it depends on the individual scout. Only one word
of warning. It is important that scouts not rush through the process so
quickly that they don't absorb what they learn. A true Eagle Scout will
realize that the end goal is not as important as the process that got him
there. If we don't allow corners to be cut and we ensure that all
requirements are fully met, I believe that shows the scout is ready for Eagle.
I do think it is good to encourage the scout to work on things that aren't
required for Eagle (religious knots, etc.). However, this shouldn't be forced.
That destroys the meaning behind it.
Ok, so maybe I had more to say than I thought. I'll stop here for now, though.
Yours in Scouting,
ASM Troop 412
Always an Eagle
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City