scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: New Eagle
Thu Mar 23 2000 - 18:27:18 CST
Is it that I don't understand the program or are there groups that are
turning Eagles out pretty young. A thirteen year old Eagle, 25 months in
Boy Scouts. Looking at the requirement book, there is a minimum time of 17
months. I must wonder to my self, what kind of leadership does a 13 year
old have? What has this young man learned? Has he learned that hard work
is worth while or did someone help him through? >>
What this young man has learned is exactly what the National BSA has required
for him to learn for the rank of Eagle Scout (unless we suppose some
shennigans at his troop). I have had experience with both kinds of Eagles,
very young and very old (well at least as old as 17.999+ years). My view is
that they are all Eagles. The leadership they display is what their Scouting
program has permitted them to display. Do not forget that he will have
undertaken an Eagle project in which he must display leadership. His
"service" in the troop may not have been as an SPL but it is not required
that it be. He could be a quartermaster or one of the other non leadership
positions. But his Eagle project surely taught him leadership.
You ask other questions (did someone help him through) that could be asked
equally of the 17 year old Eagle. Surely you have run into the situation
where a 17 year old is passed on merit badges that others would have sweated
out because some MB counselor wants to reward a 17 year old's attempt to
become Eagle before his 18th birthday.
My advice is not to sweat the reality of a 13 year old Eagle and to
congratulate him for his accomplishment, because no matter how you cut it, it
is an accomplishment. Could it be harder? Who knows. Should it be harder?
Who knows. The boy achieved what National has set forth and he is to be
honored for it.
Yours in Scouting,
G. John Marmet
Troop 156, Glenview, IL