Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Eagle Award
Mon, 12 Apr 1999 17:11:35 EDT
Twice in the past week my oldest sons have called with an observation about
their Eagle awards that I want to share with the list. If you want to read
about problems, skip to the next messages.
The oldest is graduating in May from UW-Madison in Industrial Engineering,
and has accepted a Masters in IE program with Research and Teaching
Assistantships at Madison for the fall (yes I am bragging). He had just sat
in on a recruiting speech given by a top firm looking for IE grads. In the
Q&A period that followed, the recruiter gave a reponse to the question of
what they were looking for, with "grades, class standing, leadership
postioning, and o-o-o-h... Eagle Scout." The son, sitting in the back,
pumped his arm "Yes-s-s-s-s-s!" Someone asked why Eagle Scout, and the
recruiter responded that there were so few who had gone that extra distance
to achieve it. It set a man apart.
My second son, the Music Education major (and trumpet player) at UW-Milwaukee
was interviewing for a summer job this past week at a bike shop. The owner
observed that my son had had no experience in bike repair (though he is a
rider) and in fact had never worked in anything mechanical (nor frankly does
the music major stuff help either), but, the owner mused, everyone wants
experienced people and how does anyone get that experience to satisfy all of
those "everyones." He then looked at my son and said, "But, then you are an
Hasn't got the job yet, but boy, I think he has a leg up on it.
If the truth be known the second son has always understood the achievement of
Eagle and has repect for his own accomplishment. But the first son never
quite got it. It feels good to hear him understand.
Thought you all would like to hear the stories.
Yours in Scouting,
G. John Marmet
Proud dad of 3 Eagles and 3 very fine young men.