scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Should Every Boy be an Eagle?
Wed Jun 14 2000 - 18:03:51 CDT
Peter, you have expressed your thoughts and your concerns very well, and they
are legitimate philosophical issues.
On the other hand, making Eagle is not philosophy, it is mechanics. If the
boy accomplishes what he needs to accomplish to be an Eagle, including those
things like service to his troop, etc., he should be awarded the Eagle rank.
Why this boy got motivated should not ever be an issue. His motivation could
come from any source: competition (his buddy made Eagle), spiritual (God
told him), economic (an employer told him), fatherly (can't have the car keys
until...), or the other guy in the troop (like you got). Motivation is
motivation. My wife has taken on the role of troop Noodge (not nudge,
noodge). She calls up Life Scouts a couple times a year in our troop. Just
like this other guy you know.
Whatever his motivation, if a boy accomplishes the tasks, he should get the
prize. Questioning his motivation is, at best, a difficult task, because the
boy may not even truely understand what motivated him. And then, of course,
you have decide what is a proper motivation and what isn't- and that is an
impossible task, at least as far as I am concerned. After all how do you
rate guilt or love or respect or spiritualness? All those can be motivations.
Yours in Scouting,
G. John Marmet
Troop 156, Glenview, IL