(Fwd) RE: adding requirements
Carol McFadden (mcfadden@RSO.RADSAFE.PITT.EDU)
Fri, 26 Jun 1998 09:22:00 EST5EDT
Sorry this reply took a few days....I was away from work.
> But the concept of not allowing a Scout to go for a driver's license until he
> turns Eagle is NOT, IMHO, adding a requirement for Eagle. In our fair
> Commonwealth and probably elsewhere, a parent or guardian has to sign the
> application for the learner's permit. If a parent (who may even be a Scouter)
> wants to make a family requirement or wants to add to a STATE requirement,
> that's up to him/her.
I must say that I agree with Auntie Beans on this one. There are many
reasons that parents push their sons to attain Eagle status. But there
are just as many boys who, at the age of 15-16, think life goes on
forever and that they are immortal. These are the ones who REALLY want
that Eagle, are hard workers, good leaders, etc. These are also the
boys who will volunteer their time for everything that life has to
offer, and get sidetracked. It's our job as parents to recognize when
this is happening and try to keep them on track to their own goals. I
think it takes a great deal of mature strength to focus on a long-term
goal and reach it, and sometimes these boys lose their way and need to
be steered back to the goal. As long as the boy wants to attain Eagle
(and this is the operative phrase), I see nothing wrong with parents
withholding something he wants in order to force him to refocus his
> My kid? A fifteen year old Life with all his MB's but two, wants to put off
> working on his Eagle project for a year or so while he gets his academics a
> little more in order. Will he get a learner's permit before he's welcomed into
> the company of Eagles? Nope. Does he agree? Yup.
And I commend Auntie's son for deciding to get his schoolwork in order
before he focuses on his Eagle project.....sounds like he's learning a
great deal about arranging his life's priorities.
ASM and Advancement Chairman
T194, Allison Park, PA
The opinions expressed above are entirely mine, and have
nothing to do with the University of Pittsburgh.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City