Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Young Eagle Candidates
Re: Young Eagle Candidates
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 23:14:00 EDT
In a message dated 98-10-20 19:11:07 EDT, Bob Johansson wrote:
<< Maturity is not part of the criteria that a scout has to complete. We
should charge ourselves to do whatever we can to help him mature. I know some
Scoutmasters and other leaders that would not recommend scouts for higher
ranks due to lack of maturity. Do I agree with it? No I do not. If the
requirements are complete for any rank, we must move forward. >>
I believe that we are looking at the result not the "cause or problem" While
there can be the exceptional Scout, most of the time, a Troop delivers Eagles
at the same age. Whether young eagletts, 15-16 year old or 17-18 year old.
Each program tends to promote the scouts at a more or less uniform pace.
While I agree that no one is authorized to add to the requirements, we should
all take note that the Advancment guide says "no more or less". It is the
less that really concerns me. In the program which uniformly advances young
Eagles, are the requirements less? Why does it take so much longer for
My concern is that I have camped at Dist. and Council events, where youth
staff who were Eagles, could not pitch a tent, cook on an open fire, use a
compass, or build a fire etc. How did they "earn" the rank of Eagle?
This is not a critical of the scout. We must look internally. No more and no
less! As Leaders and Parents are we accepting LESS as the standard. And are
we likewise teaching Scouting as a "Cliff Note Course". Its the less that I
am truly concerned about.
In my FLAME suit