scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Last Minute Eagles
Jim Miller Jr. (jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG
Wed Jun 21 2000 - 16:02:55 CDT
>While each individual makes their own choices, in my opinion
>be encouraged and supported to complete Eagle at a younger age
>when they are
>likely to be more active in Scouting. Wearing that badge is a powerful
>motivator and example for younger Scouts. A late 17 year old
>. . . will benefit personally by completing Eagle but his
>troop won't get much benefit from his leadership.
This is just plain silly. The leadership provided by any young man is not
made any more valuable by the wearing of the Eagle badge. He is doing the
exact same thing he was doing the day before while he wore that Life badge
on his uniform. If fact, I would even venture to say that the younger Scouts
are provided a greater benefit by the late Eagles (if they are active
throughout their youth) in that they continue to demonstrate leadership on
an ongoing basis without having attained what many young scouts still
consider an unreachable goal. They help prove that every Scout should be a
leader, not just those who have earned Eagle.
The only thing that the wearing of the Eagle badge may provide for the
younger Scouts is in the inspiration it may provide them to earn Eagle
themselves. This is only important if we are in the business of producing
If we are in the business of teaching leadership, citizenship, and building
character, then the rank of the youth providing the example is irrelevant.
Then again, I may be a bit biased having completed my Eagle Scout service
project on the day before my 18th birthday. I'd like to think I set a good
example for somebody in my 4 years as an active Life Scout.
James J. Miller, Jr. Meechgalhukquot
Assistant Scoutmaster-Troop 5, Kearny, NJ "Redheaded One"
Eagle-1988 Vigil-1994 I used to be a Bobwhite(NE-II-76)
District Vice Chairman - Venturing, Hudson Liberty District
Northern New Jersey Council, BSA