Re: Scouts who don't achieve Eagle
Pete Townsend (ptownsen@RUST.NET)
Wed, 3 Jun 1998 21:55:43 -0700
I don't know who actually started this thread, but every
year or two, the subject comes up in one fashion or another,
and I re-post my experiences.
I've been with our troop now for almost 20yrs, most of that
time as Advancement Chairman. Our troop has averaged close
to 2 Eagles per year. But, and this is a big BUT, we almost
never have merit badge activity in troop meetings; we never
put advancement as a thrust of the troop.
Boys that have an interest in rank advancements (and yes we
do mention the option occasionally ;-) will go after the
Did I mention that we have a high number of boys who stay in
the troop until 18? We do, and not all of them are upper rank
My favorites are two boys (in different years) early in my
history with the troop that had no inclination or interest
in rank advancements. (Since those initial two, there have
been a great number of others). These two boys, were both
jocks in school, were active in lots of extra-curricular
activities, both carried an A or B GPA. Both boys were liked
by the other kids in the troop. Both were active on most of
the events. Both were excellent in taking time to lead and
teach younger scouts. Both stayed until they graduated from
high school. Both boys stayed because THEY were having FUN.
One boy left Scouts with the rank of 2nd Class.
The other left Scouts with the rank of Tenderfoot.
Am I proud of these boys, and happy to have had the
opportunity of working with them and watching them?
!! You Bet I am !!
Am I also happy with the boys that make Star, Life
or Eagle? You bet I am, as long as they had fun.
Pete Townsend ASM T188 Rochester Hills, MI
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City