Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Needed-Voices of Experience
Re: Needed-Voices of Experience
Tue, 29 Jun 1999 14:26:59 -0600
[ . . . the continuing saga of how to deal with young Eagle candidates . . .
some argue, slow 'em down. others say, encourage 'em on . . . a few want
greater maturity and an assurance of a return on 'our investment' . . . ]
It seems to me that "Attainment of Eagle" is not specified as an Aim or Method
of Scouting. It comes under the method of Advancement, but is not the solely
expressed embodiment of that Method. Further, the Method is in support of the
Aims of Scouting.
Now, a step further, I do not seem to recall that "Create youth leaders of
Scouting and future adult leaders of Scouting" is included as an Aim of
Scouting. In fact, it seems to me that Scouting's Aim is to create better
citizens. Now, if a young man (even as young as 12) satisfactorily completes
all the requirements of Eagle -- including, in a fair assessment, the "Scout
Spirit clause" -- then the Method is satisfied. And if the Method is properly
designed and implemented, then this young man (even if he is but 12) is a better
citizen for what he has accomplished in Scouting. Now, as to whether he will
remain with Scouting and earn a dozen Palms, and be a superlative SPL, Troop
Guide, camp staffer, Arrowman, or whether he drops out of Scouting and goes into
band, joins the YMCA, or pursues other activities not a part of Scouting just
isn't all that important.
You see, what's important is that, no matter what endeavor he seeks to pursue,
he is a better citizen -- he is a leader. BSA only levies leadership
requirements on him until he becomes Eagle. It does not and cannot condition
bestowal of Eagle on a young man upon his expressed intent to continue as a
leader in Scouting. This narrows the purpose and intent of the Eagle award,
which is to recognize a young man who has become capable of being a leader in
society -- not just a leader in Scouting.
In case it makes any difference, I am not an Eagle. I fell short by two merit
badges and a project. I believe my esteem of the Eagle is that much greater for
having missed my opportunity. Would that I had known then what I know now!
Kip Keil, Sr. Programmer, V i s i o n N e t
http://www.vsnet.com | http://kip.vsnet.com
MC, Ad Hoc P-3055; MC, Advancement T-1022; MC, Ad Hoc T-175
AA, Ceremonies Tsah Dibe Chapter, El-Ku-Ta 520,
Great Salt Lake Council, BSA . . . . . "I used to be a bear . . . "
--We all learn from history . . .
...either by study, or by repetition.
-- Kip Keil, 1998