scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Subject: In Praise of Eagles (was: Puzzled)
The Gross Family (Gross144@GATEWAY.NET
Mon Apr 17 2000 - 23:14:24 CDT
> "Why do I need to know about . . . an Eagle scout I don't know or will > probably never meet?"
I realize that this is not the reason people ask for the letters, and
that it doesn't really address the original question, but one thing that
asking for these letters accomplishes is to remind the askee that the
Boy Scouts are still here, and Eagles still fly.
I think it is very easy for those of us involved in the program, to
think the rest of the world knows all about Boy Scouts. It doesn't.
In the last month, I've been asked twice (because I was standing there
in my uniform :-), "Boy Scouts? I thought they went out of business." I
can not tell you how many people have told me that "only the losers are
Boy Scouts these days" (Odd none are in my troop, but ...). The April
17 issue of US News & World Report has a great article about teens doing
community service -- and doesn't even mention the Boy Scouts in
passing. In fact, the only publication I've seen mentioning the Boy
Scouts lately is a joke in Newsweek about what hand signals can tell you
other than your sexual orientation (I am NOT trying to start that
So, I think it is a good thing for the program that community leaders
are asked to write a letter in recognition of Scout ABC, who performed
community service XYZ, even if only his staff reads the request. I
think the attention span of our community leaders is VERY short -- and
without such reminders we run the risk of not answering "what have you
done for me lately"? It is easy to take BSA for granted.
David Gross (SA, CSRTC, Eagle/3, OA-B, AOL)