Eagle Scout Req changes and Time allowed debate
Chris Haggerty (haggerty@PRIMENET.COM)
Sat, 5 Sep 1998 11:42:57 -0700
I have been watching people debate the time allowed for the
implementation of the revised Eagle Scout Requirements, and only
wish you could go on to more meaningful topics. The issue is a
non-issue. Some have tried to point this out, maybe I can make
it clear why this is a non-issue.
I have said this before, many times, and many ways, but the
bottom line simply put: There is not an average or even below
average Scout out there that cannot do the current (whatever
they are) requirements for the Eagle Scout Award. Read them,
they just are not that difficult. The impact of the changes on
the overall award, as far as ACTUAL WORK and EFFORT go, are not
that significant. Worse case scenario (and this will apply only
to a small group since swimming and personal fitness are such
popular merit badges), the Scout earns 22, instead of 21 merit
badges. If the Scout wants and plans to earn the Eagle Scout
award, he will do it. I say this, because (in my humble view),
THE HARDEST PART ABOUT EARNING THE EAGLE SCOUT AWARD IS NOT THE
ACTUAL DETAILED REQUIREMENTS, IT IS TAKING THE TIME TO DO THE
REQUIREMENTS. Sorry for yelling, but please think about this.
The people who moan and groan are the procrastinators. They
are the ones who could probably complete the extra work with
less effort than they spend complaining about the extra work.
Eagle Scouts, on the other hand, are doers. To use the phrase
that Nike borrowed, they will just do it and move on.
If you get complaints from the leaders or scouts, answer by
telling them to go back to their Boy Scout handbooks and read
what it says under the 8th point of the Scout Law. The 7th
point of the Scout Law applies as well. That is how the changes
came about in the first place.
HISTORICAL NOTE: I made this observation, about two to three
years BEFORE I finished my Eagle Scout Award. I knew I was
going to earn my Eagle Scout Award because the requirements were
all doable, I also knew that the hardest part would be just
doing and meeting the requirements. With this knowledge, I
never felt any pressure to finish my Eagle Scout Award and
really, really enjoyed my youth Scouting experience.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Catalina Council Advancement Chairman
Instructor Trainer for Water Safety, Southern Arizona Chapter,
American Red Cross
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