scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Fw: New Eagle Scout
Tom Kennedy (TKENNEDY@PRODIGY.NET
Fri Mar 24 2000 - 16:03:45 CST
----- Original Message -----
From: Tom Kennedy <TKENNEDY@prodigy.net>
To: Jim McMaster <mcmaster@SWENG.STORTEK.COM>
Sent: Friday, March 24, 2000 3:25 PM
Subject: Re: New Eagle Scout
> Mr. McMaster,
> Thank you for sending the additional information re: Bobby Kohl. I
> apologize to you and to Bobby for making such a judgement without all the
> facts. It sounds to me, that you have an energetic young man that sets
> goals for himself. It must be a pleasure to have him in your troop.
> extend my congratulations to him.
> I have a new Eagle scout also, and have seen the effort they put out.
> My Eagle will be 17 in a few weeks and there were many people that helped
> him get to where he is. He is very proud of his accomplishment, as should
> Bobby be. His SM is also very proud, as I know you are.
> My Eagle has done many things along his path. To date he has earned
> MB's, been a participant (3 yrs) and staff (2 yrs) at summer camp,
> participant in JLT and JLT staff (3 yrs, including this summer), attended
> National Jamboree '97, did a Philmont trek last year, actively
> in OA (brotherhood) and is JASM in his troop. Hopefully, all scouts can
> participate in activities similar to these.
> I have received messages supporting what I wrote and those against.
> There is no clear cut path to Eagle. If a Scout follows the motto, BE
> PREPARED, and prepares himself for whatever comes his way and is ready to
> meet the challenges of life, we can't ask any more.
> I didn't mean any disrespect to you or members of your troop by my
> comments earlier. It sounds that Bobby is an exceptional 13 yr old, and
> they are few, and this is a good possibility why BSA has no age
> for Eagle.
> I still feel, in my opinion with some exceptions, potential Eagle
> should be older. I agree that the requirements are the requirements and
> nobody can add to or subtract from them. As for the mysterious "someone"
> who "helped him through", you the Scoutmaster should be proud of the fact.
> Isn't that what Scoutmasters do, help steer the young men in the right
> direction and give them encouragement and support?
> I do understand the program and follow the guidelines set by National.
> One nice thing is that they do not have any hard guidelines in respect to
> "upper advancement" and leave it open to interpretation, which is also why
> we have differences.
> Tom Kennedy