Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Needed-Voices of Experience
Re: Needed-Voices of Experience
Wed, 30 Jun 1999 00:51:01 -0500
Well, it seems that the point of the first letter went from pride in a son
for his quick, but earned advancement to another "young vs old Eagle Scout"
The way I see it, if a boy has the initiative and drive to earn Eagle, so
be it. It's not up to anyone to say "wait, you're going too fast". Remember, it
is the boy that meets the BoR, not Mom or Dad.
I am an Eagle Scout (earned at 14yrs). My son is an Eagle Scout (earned at
13 1/2 yrs). He is a Brotherhood member in the OA (called out at the ripe old
age of 13 yrs) as well as being Chapter Vice-Chief. He is working in his third
week as a summer camp Counsellor-in-Training (at 14 yrs).
Am I pushing him ? Not hardly. But because of my activity in Scouting, he
can take advantage of all opportunities. Does he know his stuff ? I would and
have challenged poeple to ask him any questions concerning his rank or merit
badges. Did Dad sign him off on some requirements ? Absolutely not, nor did I
let myself be put into a position where I could. His Eagle project would have
made most boys (15 and up) cringe. He met his Eagle BoR with his head held
HIGH. He could look each Board member in the face and answer every question.
Another boy had his BoR the same night. He would turn 18 the next week. Who was
better ? Who was more mature ? No Comment
Let the boy go at his own pace. If he feels he is going too fast, he will
slow himself down. The SM Conference is where questions of maturity, ability
and requirement fulfilment shold be addressed.
Yours in Scouting
ADC/Andrew Jackson Council/Jackson Ms
OA Advisor/Sebooney Okasucca #260 || >>>-----|>-----|> ||
Eagle '72...Father of Eagle '98