scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: New Eagle
Timothy J O'Leary (tjo@IMSNET.NET
Thu Mar 23 2000 - 20:13:06 CST
Tom Kennedy wrote:
> 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?
> Please understand, I have nothing against this young man, but feel his
> leaders did not do him any favors by allowing this to happen.
Tom, there is no age requirements for Eagle, and 13 year olds can show some
pretty terrific leadership. Y9ou don't earn 42 MB's without hard work.
I was a young Eagle when 35 years ago - at not quite 13 - I finished my last
and did the BoR. For me the last hurdle was not the service project - which
relatively new and not as demanding as it is currently -- but the Personal
(pull-ups, to be precise). I worked hard - going back time after time to
after nearly, but not quite, doing them all correctly.
I know that I earned those wings, Tom, and I think most young Eagles do. I
the boy from my troop that got it immediately before me - at 17 - earned his
I was never more than a Patrol Leader or Troop Scribe (until afterwards),
stayed active until I headed off to college (also young).
Tom, when you know a boy is 13, that is about the only thing you know. You
don't know if he
is tall or short, mature or immature, a leader, a follower, or a disrupter.
All you know is that
he is 13.
There are about 300 requirements to the Eagle badge. Tell me that you can't
average one a day,
if you put your mind to it. Being a Boy Scout was my life. Outside of
school, church, and family activities,
what I wanted to do was scouting. It sounds like this young man - who has
twice as many MB's as I
did at that age, does the same.
Did he have help? Sure he did. So did I. My parents made it possible for
me to advance, by getting me
to MB counselors across town, paying for me to go to summer camp,
fundraising for the district, serving
as COR. Without a lot of help, niether I, nor most other Eagles, would have
made it. But Tom, all
the help in the world won't get you there without a lot of really hard work.
I have a lot of 16 and 17 year old
Star and Life scouts to prove that.
My response to this Scout is BRAVO!
Tim O'Leary, ASM Troop 772, NCAC