Scouts-L Mail Archive for May of 1999: Re: Great Human Don't Always Get Eagle
Re: Great Human Don't Always Get Eagle
Calvin H. Gray
Fri, 30 Apr 1999 11:28:44 -0500
Jim Peterson wrote:
> But I maintain that although our candidates for Eagle should certainly be
> exemplary human beings, that's not why we give them the Eagle award. We
> give that award for being an exemplary SCOUT. Being an exemplary scout
> means being faithful and active in his troop and patrol. He is the scout
> who MAKES time for the meetings and campouts. And at meetings and
> campouts, he is the one
> who is there to help those less experienced and younger. He provides
> leadership and sets the example. He is the epitome of scouting.
I've stayed out of this discussion until now, but I have to diagree with
this as I find nothing in the requirements for Eagle that says a boy has
to be an exemplary Scout. The requirements say earn 21 merit badges,
conduct a service project...and so on.
Hopefully, any boy that becomes an Eagle will be an exemplary Scout as
far as attending meetings, campouts, service projects, etc., but he
doesn't have to do this to earn Eagle.
Anyone who has been on SCOUTS-L for the past year or so should know
how the BSA interprets "be active in your troop" and "serve actively
for a period of six months" in a position of responsiblilty. If we
go against the BSA interpretation, we are "adding" to the requirements.
We adults have an obligation to be "Trustworthy" and adhere to
the BSA rules on advancement, whether we agree with them or not.
And if we don't like the rules on advancement (or anything else),
we can try and get them changed.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
I used to be an Owl (WM-62-2-98 @ Philmont)