Re: Academic requirements and leadership
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Sat, 27 Dec 1997 11:04:24 -0500
At 02:35 PM 12/26/97 -0600, Peter K Kennon wrote
>Two things To think about:
>A. Hold one of the following leadership positions or a perform a special
>leadership project approved by the SM....I think that's how the req. i
>worded. So it would hold no one back from eagle.
But this option is only available for STAR and LIFE, not for EAGLE.
>B. Scouting should not be a way of life, you should use it to experience
>life. Scouting is to help youth, but eagle is no replacement for an high
>school diploma and high rank. Eagle alone can not get someone into
>college. And, not all can be pro. scouters.
But they can't (or shouldn't) be professional students either. Clearly,
school SHOULD be of a higher priority than Scouting, but that is something
for the PARENTS to decide. Not every leadership position in a troop would
create additional time demands that would necessarily take away from the
Scout's ability to do his schoolwork. Not every student does better by
spending more time. It is entirely possible that the leadership job in the
Troop will instill in the Scout a sense of responsibility that will carry
over to his schoolwork and that he will do BETTER in school BECAUSE he held
the leadership position.
Every individual is different and arbitrary rules rarely benefit everyone.
All they do is take away the flexibility of the people involved to deal with
each situation individually.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City