scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Only Life? (spinoff: Opinion - CS/BS Program/Training Failure)
Anthony Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET
Sat Nov 27 1999 - 15:01:51 CST
<Bob Riley wrote>
When I asked him if he had stayed in Boy Scouts his face dropped. He said
that yes, he had stayed in Boy Scouts but, that he didn't get his Eagle
Award. He said, "I only got as high as Life Scout".
All those years in Scouting. All those achievements and lessons and
experiences that that young man should have been proud of was ignored
because somewhere along the line one or more of his leaders, either directly
or indirectly, made him to feel that he was a failure because he didn't
achieve one particular achievement in a long line of achievements.
It has always been my philosophy that the only failures in Scouting are kids
who take nothing away from their experience. I present the Eagle award as a
goal to be reached IF THE SCOUT CHOOSES IT AS A GOAL. One need not earn
Eagle to benefit from a Scouting experience. You need not even bridge from
Webelos to Boy Scout. In fact, experience has shown me you need not even be
a Scout as a youth to benefit from Scouting.
What's that percentage of boys who make Eagle? Was this young man any less
successful because he "only" went from Tiger Cub to Life Scout? I think
salmon have a better chance at returning to their birthplace than this young
man had of making his journey.
The last I checked, the percentage was between 2 and 5% of Boy Scouts. If we
included every kid who was ever in Scouting the percentage would most likely
be less than 1%. If earning Eagle Scout was the only criteria of success
for the Boy Scout program, we would be considered very ineffective (less
effective than the worst public school system).
AJ Mako, Scoutmaster, Troop 381 http://www.scouts381.org/
Great Trail Council, Old Portage District