Re: Minimum requirements are the source of mediocraty.
Ron Raab-Long (raablong@DMV.COM)
Fri, 7 Aug 1998 10:47:31 -0400
All these posts regarding Scouts only doing enough to get by started me thinking
about my own son.
Ben will be 18 next March. He's been a Life Scout for over 2 1/2 years. Why
hasn't he finished his Eagle? Well, lets see. When he's in school he is a member
of the chorus, member of the Thespian Society and performs in many of the plays,
volunteers in the library where he does most of the computer support for the rest
of the school; he prepared a presentation for the school board on providing E-Mail
addresses for all students and teachers; he built and maintains the school's Web
page and designed the Web page for Delaware's Department of Corrections home site,
did another Web page for a local non-profit group, helps many of the teachers with
their classroom computers, and gets pretty decent grades. He is also going into his
fourth year of Latin, and is an officer in the Latin Club. He has chaired the class
Homecoming float committee twice.
While not in school he now works full time at the Dept. of Corrections MIS
department, providing computer support and whatever else they need, and maintains a
few Web pages. In Scouting, he is now serving his third term (not consecutive) as
SPL, is a OA brotherhood member, has served as registrar and "gofer" on several
Scoutmastership Fundamental courses, has been asked to do the opening ceremonies at
our Council's annual dinner, as well as the District's annual Distinguished Citizen
Dinner, and still has time for his girlfriend and to cook dinner for the family
about once or twice a week. He has competed in the Odyssey of the Mind for years and
has done well enough to attend the World Finals three times. He also competes in
Latin Competitions - he just returned from the National Classics League Convention
in Massachusetts, where he took Second place in some division that I can't
understand. He was nominated to attend the Washington Journalism Conference in D.C.
this spring, where he met with media personalities and politicians from around the
country. He was also invited to the Congressional Youth Leadership Conference, but
had to decline due to other commitments.
Will he get his Eagle? Yes, but it will be right under the gun, with just a few
extra merit badges. Am I proud of my son? You darn right I am, and I dare anyone
to call him mediocre!
Ron Raab-Long DelMarVa Council
SA, Troop 903 Two Bays District
Boy Scout Training Coordinator Dover, Delaware USA
Unit Commissioner Problem Captain,
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