scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Last Minute Eagles
Mon Jun 19 2000 - 09:31:47 CDT
> We don't feel that we are applying a great deal of pressure to him to
> attain Eagle. But we feel obligated to impress upon him in some way the
> personal value he will derive from it. For this reason, we have created a
> situation where he will make decisions about his involvement in Scouting in
> a context that he can personally understand and evaluate. If there's a
> Scouting event we feel he should attend, we can point out that it bears on
> his Drivers License, dating, and CDT tours. _He_ still makes the decision.
> And his decision is based on values he can relate to, as opposed to Mom's
> or Dad's ". . . because I think you ought to go" reasoning.
Our Troop has had its share of last minute Eagles.. but we have also
had our share of young Eagles.. and middle of the road ones too.
Personally as the advancement chair, it is a pain to deal with the last
minute stuff. BUT each boy is an individual.
I personally have never agreed with the no wings, no wheels
philosophy.. nor do I agree with holding any other carrot in front of the
boy that they get if they make Eagle.
I am very proud of the boys that set the goal of making Eagle and attain
that goal. We had 3 Eagles from our Troop in the graduating class at
High School from our Troop this weekend. But I am just as proud of the
influence that I see Scouting have on their lives. and this means ALL
Scouts, not just those that make Eagle.
I have 2 sons in the program. Yes, as a parent I want my sons to both
get Eagle.. BUT, they have to want it. It is not my job to force them into
it, nor is it my job to make consequences that they wont like if they
dont get it. I will feel no less proud of my boys if they stay at their
current ranks. Why? Because I love them for who they are. and I am
proud of them just the way they are. A cloth patch and a metal pin
doesnt make them better to me.. they are my sons.. and I think they
are pretty darn special just for who they are.. just ask me, I can tell ya
all about them *g*
If EVERY boy was meant to make Eagle, then we would be the Eagle
Scouts of America. We are the BOY Scouts of America and we are
here for the boys... not to make Eagles.
Mary Ellen Chadwick
Redwood Empire Council, Yokayo District BSA
District Secretary, District Training Chair
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
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