Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Needed-Voices of Experience
Re: Needed-Voices of Experience
Tue, 29 Jun 1999 10:20:32 EDT
<< The following message includes the comments, query &
response between myself & a fellow Wood Badge Patrol mate.
Friends: My vote is definitely on the side of encouragement. Encourage your
sons at the ages of 12 and 13. If they make Eagle at 13, more power to them.
My experience has been to never discourage a boy's interest in advancement.
The difference between "slowing down" and "turning off" is indiscernable to
us Old Folks, and the former is often mistaken for the later by youth.
The reality is that every boy is different and each boy can be different at
each age he arrives at. The enthusiastic 12 year old can become the
reluctant 13 year old. There have been more than one 12 year old Star who
makes Eagle at 17.
I understand that the two of you Wood Badge buddies are also worried how the
advancement of your sons look to others. I trust your intentions enough to
believe that you are not making up their advancement; the boys are actually
advancing. Don't discourage them. Remember you are in Scouting first for
your sons, and only second (a close second I hope) for the other Scouts.
Don't worry about how your sons' accomplishments look to others. Let them
Yours in Scouting,
G. John Marmet
Father of 3 Eagles
14, 15, and 16 (the ages at which they each attained the rank)
22, 21, and 17 (the ages they are now)