scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Should Every Boy be an Eagle?
Wed Jun 14 2000 - 18:51:01 CDT
Peter and all,
I did Eagle boards for ten years and saw all kinds of motivations for
getting Eagle from the various units I visited. But, I will give you my
own experience of 85-89. My boy and another Scouter's son had done it
all - they thought. Life Scouts, Philmont, SPL/ASPL etc. They got bored
and started disrupting the troop so we took them out and they along with
two friends joined an Explorer Post. All of a sudden they were the
One, Justin, wasn't advancement oriented. He was the one at Philmont
and elsewhere when you were working on something there he was helping.
He didn't get Eagle, blew college, did Navy came back motiveted
completed college and is a political campaign operative. Sucess as a
Scout, you bet.
John made Eagle, I haven't seen him since he graduated.
My son, Steve squeaked by the 18 deadline and made Eagle, attended The
Coast Guard Academy and is a LT on active duty.
Mark was a life, hated advancement, didn't get Eagle. Is married,
completed college, has a good job, rose to the top. Oh by the way he got
the Heroism Medal for saving a person from drowning.
Should they all have been Eagles, probably. Did having or not having
Eagle matter in what Scouting did for their lives. No.
Each achieved success in their own way and in their own time.
Asst Council Commissioner (Camping)
Grand Canyon Council