scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Advancement and the Eagle Scout
Tue Mar 14 2000 - 16:34:15 CST
I was given an article the other day and it seems to fit in with the
merit badge thread so I thought I'd pass it along. There's actually
2 of them, so I'll send the second in a separate post.
Advancement and the Eagle Scout
by Jerry Alexander
times well-meaning adults lower the standards for advancement (to help
the boys!!) by changing and even eliminating requirements for merit
badges and advancement. These adults not only hurt the boys that
they are trying to help, but they are also degrading the rank of Eagle
following statements reflect my interpretations of the Scouting
literature concerning the "trail to Eagle."
an Eagle Scout is not just a matter of completing requirements and
earning pieces of cloth. Eagle Scout is a way of life.
Eagle Scout is a young man who has learned Scouting skills with his
patrol and his troop. He has not only been a learner, he is also a
doer, and a teacher. As he practiced the skills and
shared his abilities with others, his personality unfolded and he matured
from a boy to a young man. He became self-reliant and developed
character which is predicated by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
given for the skills that a Scout learns. "A Boy Scout badge
recognizes what a boy is able to do, it is not an award for
what he did."
skills does not necessarily mean that a Scout has acquired the ability to
perform and pass on his knowledge. It only means that he can answer
purpose to the advancement program is to spur a Scout to learn, to
achieve and to mature."
Advancement Guidelines state that boys achieve the aims (goals) of
Scouting by meeting the requirements for rank advancement.
skills (needed for rank advancement) allow a Scout to be measured and to
grow in confidence and self-reliance."
of the board of review is to "be assured of the candidate's
participation in and understanding of the Program." If the
Scout doesn't have the slightest idea as to what Scouting is about, then
he has rushed through advancement and has missed the basic purposes of
foregoing statements, it is obvious that if a Scout has a superficially
earned pieces of cloth and has not absorbed the ideals that the Scouting
skills were designed to teach him, and has not grown in confidence and
self-reliance, then he has not accomplished the aims and goals of
Scouting. This Scout does not possess the qualities and attributes
of an Eagle Scout.