scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Arrow of Light
Sat Nov 20 1999 - 11:54:55 CST
Sorry, Auntie, if you have AOL at the age of 9 you can join a Troop.
9 years old in 5th grade? Maybe so, but I submit that those of us in with the
older boys will tell you that a nine year old doesn't fit in well in a group
of boys aged (mostly) 11-18. Whether or not it is LEGAL sidesteps the
determination as to whether or not it's best for the boy. What is the big
rush, anyway? Whose ego is being stoked by this?
And how do you get to be AoL at 9? No, don't tell me, I'm sure that with the
local birthday limits regarding when a kid is allowed to start first grade,
with concerted work on all the pins and points over summers, it is
theoretically possible. Then this kid can segueway us right into the
how-young-is-too-young-for-Eagle argument, and here we are again <G>.
Look, the point is that the program is designed for developmental stages.
Yes, some boys may be precocious with achievement, but few, damn few, are
concurrently precocious about physical AND social development. I'm not
talking about the kid who has been hanging around his older brothers' troop
since he was in diapers and "knows more knots than any of the T'foot Scouts
when he's 5." I'm talking about the kid who is going to be behind in physical
strength and social experience, to his detriment.
Let 6-7 year olds be Tigers, 7-8 be Wolves, 8-9 Bears, and 9-11 be Webelos,
and make the 10.5 yr old Scouts be the lower limit. Any SM will tell you that
the kids who are not 11 until Christmas, more or less, are at a serious
disadvantage in more ways than one. They're kids, here.
SA T47 Sandwich MA
Cape Cod & Islands Council
Abake MiSaNaKi Lodge #393
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