Terry Slade (TMSLADE@IPGATE.ACTX.EDU)
Thu, 6 Aug 1998 08:51:03 -0500
It really bothers me that some Scouts and their parents are
worried about the new requirements coming out next year. Why
should you just barely meet the requirements. I see so many
scouts at their CoH's that just meet the 21 badges and no more. I
love to see a scout so involved that when it comes time to earn
their Eagle, they have 30 to 40 badges. Mine had 45 and boy were
the young kids just joining impressed. The other two scouts at
the CoH both had the minimum required and there was Michael
with a full sash. He blew the requirements out of the water and
now is on his fourth Palm. It kind of imbaressed the other two
scouts and it should. Both were almost 18 years old and here
was my kid at 15. Neither were members of the OA, mine was a
What are we teaching kids these days? Just do enough to get
by...or...don't go any further than you have to. Is this how we
want them to treat their job or life in general? Don't go the extra
mile and get a pay raise because you earned it, but get the raise
because of the cost of living increase went to everybody. Do only
what is required to get to Eagle now and if the rules get changed,
your screwed, and you feel like you have to start all over.
Teach the scout to go after ALL the required merit badges and
use the extras as one of those optionals. Don't rush a bunch of
scouts through at the end of 98 so that they won't have to make a
few easy changes in 99. What a boy learns in his early years is
how a boy will act as a man later in life.
I hope that I don't get too many flames from the list for my
beliefs. I got a bunch for my "hazing" stance. If you think that
singing for an item you lost at dinner is hazing, try becoming a
"Shell Back" in the US Navy. If you don't know what a "Shell Back"
is and how to earn this title, don't talk to me about hazing.
YiS The MAD Texan
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City