New Requirements for Eagle
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Thu, 3 Sep 1998 14:13:43 -0500
After reviewing the new requirements for Eagle, as well as the changes
to the lower ranks, I support the BSA's efforts to strengthen the
advancement program with the recent (past couple of years) upgrades to
Personal Management, Environmental Science, Citizenship in the World,
Communications, etc. plus the new changes that go into effect in 1999.
However, I also see a danger in the message being sent to 16 & 17 year
old boys who are close to attaining Eagle. This has to do with
"changing the rules in the middle of the game" without providing an
adequate "grace period" for them to finish up their Eagle requirements
under the rules they have been working under up until now.
In most communities, school is back in session or will begin next week.
Many older boys who have remained in the program and worked toward Eagle
are in for a big shock. Now they will have to find a way to finish up
by April 1 or they will have to earn a new badge, Personal Fitness.
Even more troubling is the situation with boys who elected to earn
Sports instead of Swimming or Personal Fitness. Unless they complete
their Eagle reqmts. prior to April 1, they may have to earn Cycling or
Hiking or Swimming. And both Cycling and Hiking are tough badges (good
ones, but tough) for many older boys to earn due to the time
involvement. And many older boys don't go to summer camp where Swimming
is usually earned.
I believe a longer "grace period" should be available to allow the
boys who have been working under the current requirements to finish up.
For example, we knew a year in advance when Family Life was going to
become a "required" badge. It seems wrong to change the rules without a
similar 1-year time period to allow older boys to finish up using the
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
I used to be an Owl (WM-62-2-98 @ Philmont)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City