Of Eagles young and old
Kim Moye (kmoye@SUN2177.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Wed, 3 Dec 1997 09:38:01 -0600
The thread of "young" Eagles comes up pretty often. There is a boy in my
son's troop who will probably be a 13 year old Eagle. His goal is to be
an Eagle before his Scoutmaster made Eagle. His parents are supportive, but
I don't see them being the driving force...I believe it is truly the boy's
goal. Do I think he will be a good example? YES!
This has led to some discussion with my 11 year old Boy Scout. CJ claims
that some of the older boys question his reason for wanting to make the
goal by this age. I told CJ, some of them may feel threatened by having a
younger guy get it before them, some may truly be concerned, but it is not
*their* problem. It is between the boy, his parents and the Scoutmaster.
This then led to a discussion about when CJ should get his Eagle. I told him
that I wanted him to enjoy Scouts. If that meant he wants to try to get his
Eagle by 13..go for it. If he gets it at 18, that's okay too. *He* is the
one in charge. I did tell him I did not want him to be so focused on
advancement that he did not take time to enjoy what he was doing. I will
do everything to support him that I can.
This, he put to the test over the Thanksgiving Break! He has missed most
of the meetings about Citizenship in the World for different reasons that I
will not go into. I told him that I would help him catch up if he wanted.
He *finally* completed his 200 word report for his Pet Merit badge.
Unfortantely, I am the only counselor for that one. I read his report, which
was exactly 200 words. It was not his best work by any means. However, he
did the requirement as written. I explained to him, I would sign off because
of another boy brought me the same report, I would do so, but was not thrilled
with his work.
He then spent 4 hours last Sunday working on Citizenship in the World. His
class had to contact embassys for info and he had to write a report on Greece.
He, of course, threw away the information from the embassy after completing
the project. Not to worry, he re-printed the request for info and mailed
it off. He is using Venezuela as his other country to report on since his
twin sister had that country assigned to her. Between her report and the
encyclopedia he came up with his information on a second country. I told him
I would type it for him (I'm allowed to do this for his school reports if
he writes it long hand), but *NOT* to give it to me at 9pm if he wanted to
take it for his Monday troop meeting. He missed most of the football games
Sunday, but gave me what he wanted typed by 7pm. It was much better than his
pet report. (I would like to think this was because of our earlier
discussion, but did not pursue his reasoning---sometimes I *just* don't want
He called his Family Life counselor to set up a final meeting. He has been
done, and has expected to talk to them at troop meetings. He never realized
that with holidays and stuff, even though this parent is usually there, they
haven't been lately.
The stuff for his Citizenship is safely tucked away as he found out that
the troop meeting would be at the fire station since they started working on
first aid this month. I was expecting him to be mad about the Citizenship
work that he wanted to have by Monday, but now that it's done, he didn't
say a word. His Family Life counselor met him at the Fire station and signed
off on that for him.
He is trying to contact the Safety Merit badge counselor to see if he can
distribute saftey checklist flyers during our city's Christmas parade this
weekend as his safety project. (They haven't *started* on this one yet).
When we picked up his Citizenship in the World book this past week, he also
wanted to do Fingerprinting and has asked one of his best friends to do it
with him. I did tell him that he needs to find out who the merit badge
counselor for this is. (It is not on a list of troop counselors that I have).
He informed me that if we didn't have one, he wasn't worried because he knew
I would do it. I explained to him that I know nothing about fingerprints
except what we did as Bears and *WOULD* not be his counselor. It's
something he wants to do, so coming from a small town, I know there has to be
I don't know about his being a 13 year old Eagle, but he had me tired out
by the end of the Break. When I jokingly asked him if he wanted to work on
more merit badge stuff last Sunday after he gave me his stuff to type, his
answer was a firm NO! I have to admit, he impressed me once he got moving on
stuff. It's that jump starting him that is the killer!
cubmaster/pack 308/allen, tx/circle 10 council
cub rt commish/arrowhead district
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