Leading and Guiding Scouts - Used to be Last Minute Eagles
John Gasink (jgasink@CSRLINK.NET)
Mon, 8 Jun 1998 11:47:08 -0400
Gentlemen, I think there are a few things we can all agree on:
1. Every boy should be given the opportunity to advance and grow within the
program. If this means he earns his Eagle, more power to him.
2. Every boy should have to complete the requirements for each badge and
rank as they are stated in the handbook and merit badge books - no more, no
3. That a boy who advances rapidly, ie the 13 year old eagle candidate or
who waits to complete until 17 years and 364 days old are as valuable and
worthy of the rank as the 15 year old who got it last week. An Eagle Scout
is an Eagle Scout - Period.
4. It appears that too often we take upon ourselves the responsibility to
try and conform the program to our own wants and desires - he shouldn't get
Eagle he's too young, or he didn't put in enough hours on his eagle project,
he's not worthy. If you want to "enhance" the program, do it where it helps
the most - the program, the what and where of the activities, not the rules
5. That the aims and methods of scouting exist not to create a flock of
Eagle Scouts but to create an entire generation of good citizens, who
respect each other and the country that we live in.
Eagle scouts are a by product of that process, they should be looked up to,
but they (myself included) are not the reason for the program.
6. That each and every leader has chosen to take on the responsibility of
using the program as it is. It is not my resposibility to enhance the
rules, it is my responsibility to work within them. if we want changes, we
must tell national, for we are national.
I'll get down off my soap box now.
JOHN A. GASINK - EAGLE 81, VIGIL 91
Pokawachne Chapter Adviser, Witauchsoman Lodge #44
I used to be a golden eagle - NE-IV-50
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