Re: Eagle requirements additional
Robert Losee (rlosee@UNLINFO.UNL.EDU)
Fri, 7 Aug 1998 14:34:03 -0500
Scott Magee wrote:
> >My experience as a youth was that my folks more or less
> I know that the main emphasis of Bob's post was not to discuss
> parental involvement in the achievement of Eagle Scout, I find it very
> discouraging when I hear people say things like this, where a parental "kick
> in the butt" is the primary reason a scout gets Eagle. I remember sitting
> would now). Anyway, for those of you who know about the Ways & Means of
> scouting, remember that there are 8 "Means", only one of which is
> advancement. Not all scouts are destined to be Eagles, and many enter
> scouting for the other exciting programs that it has to offer. If a scout
> is going to become an Eagle, I feel he should do it because he wants to, not
> because anyone else wants him to. Thanks for listening.
This is the model that Eagle is a proof of ability. I wanted it, I went for it,
I got it. Often I find that those who subscribe to this model resent any other
model of getting an Eagle. My guess as to a reason for this is that it dilutes
the meaning of the badge for themselves.
An alternative model is that getting Eagle is an educational experience where
one can learn how to accomplish goals. One learns to break them up in pieces and
accomplishes each piece one by one, along with many other things skills such as
calling up a merit badge councilor. In this model things like the Eagle project
is not a _test_ of a scouts ability as much as it is another educational
experience to learn how to negotiate the world to accomplish big goals.
The later is the model my parents used on me, as I wouldn't have been self
motivated enough at the time to necessarily do it on my own. It is really no
different than requiring a child to go to school even though that child would
rather watch TV. I'm thankful my parents required that I go to school and
graduate, and that I get my Eagle.
I'm also delighted there are some who, like Scott, are so self motivated that
they can earn the Eagle on their own, but I suggest that this in one of at least
two models and neither is wrong.
YiS, Bob Losee, SM T25 Lincoln NE
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