Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 20 Jul 1998 to 21 Jul 1998
Bill Roswell (Bill_Roswell@OXY.COM)
Wed, 22 Jul 1998 08:48:00 -0500
On Tue, 21 Jul 1998 09:03:02 -0400
Pete Hickey phickey@MAIL.REGENTS.PEACHNET.EDU
<mailto:phickey@MAIL.REGENTS.PEACHNET.EDU> wrote concerning
Pete Thanks for your observations and comments.
>2% ? and what is the percentage of scouts that make eagle? I know you can
>make numbers say anything you want. But it seems to be a slight bit of a
>coincidence. And, yes, I know that not all scouts take until 18 to earn
>eagle, but how many eagles drop out of scouting.
Unfortunately, we, Scouting in general, seem to have younger and younger
Eagles ( 13 and 14, and in some cases 12 year olds). Many of these scouts reach
the rank before they can demonstrate and have achieved a sufficient level of
leadership/maturity. This is a very subjective judgement and is hard if not
impossible to measure or substantiate without a lot of hands-on, caring
leadership and guidance on the part of the scoutmaster and the assistant
scoutmasters. The result is that a lot of these young Eagles drop out of
scouting. The young Eagle scouts thoughts: "they have achieved the highest rank
in scouting, it will look good on their resume, what more can scouting offer
them?" In some cases the Eagle rank is looked at as just that an achievement
and not necessary a way of life.
>Not every scout is destined to become an eagle. I feel earning eagle is an
>honor and should remain so. However, a point for discussion by the list -
>if we worked on retention, would we also be impacting the number of eagle
>scouts? Is there any correlation at a troop level concerning retention and
>the number of scouts that earn eagle in a troop. I have observed in our
>area that some troops are considered to be "eagle mills". (Not making any
>comments about that). But, without any evidence to substantiate the claim,
>it also appears that they retain a larger percentage of their scouts.
Hopefully, another reason they retain a larger percentage of scouts is because
they have a strong, robust program with an active scouter cadre.
Scoutmaster Troop 241
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