Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Promoting underachievement!
Wed, 30 Jun 1999 09:24:44 -0400
I am really amused by some of the discussions on holding back
the faster moving scouts (Young Eagles). Think about it...
Does the track coach tell his runners to slow down when the
win too many races?
Does the classroom teacher tell the student(s) to ease slack
off when they earn too many A's?
Do you tell your stock broker to hold up because he is making
too much money for you?
Did anyone tell Mark Macguire to lay off last year because he was
hitting too many home runs?
Did you every tell your boss that you didn't want the pay raise
because you were advancing in the company too fast?
Did you ever tell your son or daughter to slack off in school and
try for lower grades?
Then why in the world would you ever tell a scout to not try
so hard to make Eagle?
In the race of life some folks run faster than others, we don't
all move at the same speed. Guys will make Eagle at 13, 14,
15, 16, and 17. Just because you might have been a slow
runner, don't resent the fast runner.
As to the quality of the work, just reflect on your school work.
Sometimes you got an A and other times you got a C. Both
are passing grades. Some Eagle Work is A work and others
is C work but it is still passing work.
When we see that over 90% of the scouts never make Eagle,
never finish the race, we should take pride in every one of them
who has the fortitude to finish the course, no matter what the
Stephen M. Hoar