scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: What do you expect from an Eagle?
Neil Lupton (NeilLup@AOL.COM
Sun May 07 2000 - 23:46:23 CDT
In a message dated 5/7/00 2:54:33 AM, Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV
<< What I need from this wise and experience group is in as few words as
other than for resumes and college transcripts, tell me what you expect from
Eagle? And what you expect from the Eagle that you might not expect from all
other Scouts? I want to give my Scouts some responses outside of Troop. I
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
Chapter Chief with several others on his staff. >>
While I can write what I think, for what it's worth, it sounds as if you
have some great resources closer at hand. I would start by asking some of
these older boys and some of your younger ones what the Eagle means to them
and how an Eagle Scout is and should be different from other Scouts and other
people. You probably will get some excellent, very practical answers.
To me, an Eagle Scout is a Scout who has made a personal commitment to
Scouting and to do things the Scout way. He isn't perfect, but whenever he
faces a moral or personal question, the Scout Oath and Scout Law is one of
his foremost tools in reaching a decision. He has committed himself to
obtaining enough personal skills that when he is called on, he can perform.
And he has demonstrated that he will do things that he won't necessarily like
in order to reach a goal.
As far as whether the Eagle now means that much relative to being a Life
Scout or other member of the movement-- regrettably it does. We have done
such a good job of selling our advancement program that we have a rather
binary advancement program -- Eagle and not-Eagle. Also, the
characteristics of today's parents and youth are very results oriented in
contrast to us baby boomers and the generation ahead of us who could be much
more process and journey oriented. Parents don't necessarily think that
their son will become a better person on the way to the Eagle, or if they do
think that regard that as less important than getting the stamp to put on
their college application. Colleges really don't care that much about Life
HOWEVER, just as we use camping as a tool to get Tenderfoot Scouts to learn
citizenship and character, so we can use the Eagle as a tool to keep the
older boys around and get still more citizenship and character. We just may
not always be able to get as much citizenship and character as we would like.