Another Early Eagle Story
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Tue, 25 Nov 1997 06:07:47 -0500
Two brief stories, but I'll concentrate on the second...
I have on Life Scout who just completed his Eagle Project. Now all he needs
is the SM conference and the BOR to finish Eagle. However, he turns 18 on
1/1/98. He's up against the wall. It irks me because he was a Life Scout
before I had first moved away from here over two years ago. He zoomed
through the lower ranks, then stopped. I may have to remind the District
Eagle BOR that the BoR can be held *after* his 18th birthday as long as
everything else is done before then. (Mike Walton, please contact me about
I have another Scout that crossed into the Troop last June. Last Tuesday he
completed the BoR for 1st Class. He's zooming through the ranks.
Also... if I count correctly, he completed either his 14th or 15th merit
badge last night. Seven are from the required list, including Lifesaving!
(don't ask me how they let him do that at Summer camp... he did it as a
provisional Scout at his second week before I became SM...) He has also
completed the Mile Swim!
He has two goals in Scouting: to earn Eagle quicker than his dad did, and
to earn ALL the merit badges! His dad earned Eagle in 22 months.
This Scout, who's appropriately nicknamed Jet (J.E.T. are his initials),
also completed WEBELOS in one year, earning all 20 activity pins.
So... I am faced with a very rapid rising, and very exceptional Scout. He
may well be capable his goals and worthy of the honor of Eagle at 13 (or
12!?). He already has all the Merit Badges he needs for Star (and Life), so
the only requirements left are the leadership and service requirements (...
+ SM conference...). The SPL (another exceptional Scout...) and I agreed to
have him named Chaplain's Aide and we are looking into the possibility of
him being a den chief for another pack that does not have a troop attached
to it. He is/was APL in his patrol, so that cannot count. I may have
sufficient opportunities for him to learn and demonstrate leaderhship.
More interestingly... Dad (a retired Marine Major) lives about an hour away
from him and his Mom. Yet, dad drives him to all Scouting functions
including troop meetings. We've tried to get Dad registered as a leader,
without success... yet. <g>
All the more remarkable is the ribbing, and short jokes, this 5'2" SM gets
from him since he barely stands about chest high on me! <g>
I'm hoping if he's elected to the OA next Spring that would be another
avenue for him to follow. We are also trying to encourage him towards his
faith's religious award. Possibly, the Hornaday award could be a later
challenge if he is interested. Of course there's always camp staff and high
adventure trips, but that's in the future.
I've already counselled him that there's more to Scouting than pursuit of
badges and medals.
Do you all have any other ideas for keeping a Scout such as this challenged?
Scoutmater, Troop 39
I used to be a buffalo (SR-92) but will always be an Eagle (1981)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City