scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Partials
Anthony Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET
Wed Nov 24 1999 - 11:39:52 CST
<Mark Blakemore wrote - in part>
we can report that it takes extraordinary effort for 11-14 year-olds to
finish a partial they received from summer or winter camp.
There usually is some effort involved because merit badges started at summer
camp (or a mb clinic) started out captive. For at least one hour every day
for a week, the Scout's attention was focused on the merit badge and nothing
else. He was also at camp where outside influences are at a minimum (there
may be things he'd rather be doing, but many of those things can't be done
at camp). After camp, he doesn't have that regimented schedule to keep him
on track so the SM, advancement chair, or counselor ends up working harder
to focus the Scout's attention.
<Mark continued - in part>
There always seem to be a few who totally lose interest in the badge or are
unable to be motivated to finish. We tend to view this as what separates the
would-be Eagles from the rest.
While it's true interest in the badge decreases over time, it's not
necessarily true that Scouts who maintain interest are destined to become
Eagles and the others aren't. It is, however, a good indication of where the
Scout needs help learning to stick to a task. Scouts who tend to loose
interest need to be coaxed into completing the partial as quickly as
possible. While a partial is an accomplishment, it doesn't count for rank
advancement - that can sometimes prove to be a great motivator for older
A. J. Mako, email@example.com, SM Troop 381 http://www.Scouts381.org/
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