scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Hold back a MB card?
Fri Mar 31 2000 - 15:48:56 CST
I would be the first to say I COUNSELED a young man against this MB or that
at his age/weight/whatever unless it was a requirement that would prevent him
from completing it (as mentioned, swimming, first aid, etc.).
I will also be the first to say I still gave him a card if he wouldn't take
my advice. Theres a heck of a lot of MB's out there earned against my advice.
Rifle is one, but Shotgun is another. Shotguns come in different gauges,
folks, there is nothing to stop a smaller youth from completing the
You, as his leader, may THINK you know whats best for the boy, but hopefully
he is talking to his parents and working with them to get things done that
the youth has interest and experience in. You may be surprised at the things
the youth can do.
And as to holding a youth back? There should be no such thing occurring
anywhere. I've said it before: We may GIVE them until 18 but the books are
written for a reading range ending about 14. That should be your Eagle
candidates goal, and personal judgements of maturity, etc. have little to do
with accomplishing the requirements as set out.