scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: What do you expect from an Eagle?
Fri May 05 2000 - 14:11:19 CDT
It's been a long week and I could use your help! Last week during a Scoutmaster
Conference I asked the Scout for his goals in the Troop. He said to earn the
Eagle. I asked him why and he said to put it on his resume. I asked him what a
resume was, he said he didn't have a clue.
Also, right now I am sparring with a new leader, SMF trained, who is pushing to
build an advancement agenda for her sons new boy Patrol. Among other things, she
wants her son's Patrol to do all their Eagle required MBs first before they
loose interest in Scouting. She is driving our Troop Guide crazy.
Finally, a Scout, whom I felt wasn't ready, requested an Eagle Scoutmaster
conference this week. His parents told me they are forcing him to finish his
Eagle even though I think it should be the Scout's initiative, they don't trust
their son will do that. Slowly I realized their attitude clouded the real issue
of whether the Scout is ready for the Eagle and my role as SM in this situation.
After a long talk with other leaders and some soul searching, I determine part
of the problem is my Ego. I am embarrassed and humbled from the experience.
All these experiences have me wondering if I am too old fashion for Scouting. Is
recognition of the quest really more important than the journey? When I was in
Scouts (as a youth), honor came from actions, not rewards (the 70's). Eagles
where honored because of who they were as a person, not by the patch on his
shirt. If Scouting is designed to teach Scouts how to set and achieve all their
goals by the experiances learned in the program, then how do we succeed by
setting the goals for our children. I can't help but think that this attitude
will destroy our wonderful program long before the "3 Gs". I am very
uncomfortable that we don't see the First Class Scout as someone of higher
integrity anymore. Is it really Eagle or nothing?
What I need from this wise and experience group is in as few words as possible,
other than for resumes and college transcripts, tell me what you expect from an
Eagle? And what you expect from the Eagle that you might not expect from all the
other Scouts? I want to give my Scouts some responses outside of Troop. I think
it's important that our youth understand that actions do speak louder than
While it may appear I am a little down, I am not. One of our Scouts is now a OA
Chapter Chief with several others on his staff. I was just told that over a
third of our Troop are Life Scouts. That's a lot from a Troop that believes
Scouts initiate their progress. We have a great new boy program, thanks to Jim
Peterson and Jim Sleezer on this list and our new Older Scout program is forging
along. Our new Scouts say they are having a blast, and I had a SM Conference
last month where the Scout said he wanted to earn Eagle to represent a time in
his life where he learned values of giving to others and living by the values in
the Scout Law.
As for the new aggressive adult just back from SMF, our CC wants me to come up
with a Troop course for new leaders that explains better the values of a boy run
Troop using the Aims and Methods to guide our program. Before I reinvent the
wheel, does anyone have something like that out there?
Our Troop has a long long way to go, but I am learning that struggle is what
makes Scouting exciting. I Love this Scouting Stuff.
Thanks to you on Scouts_L for helping our Troop the last few years.