scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Last Minute Eagles
Rick Cordray (rickc@IMAGE-TECH.COM
Wed Jun 21 2000 - 11:45:30 CDT
Here are some interesting local statistics on about 80 Eagles from one
district over about 2 1/2 years:
40% had their BoR after their 18th birthday, so they completed the
requirements 0 to 3 months before their 18th birthday.
66% had their BoR after their 17th birthday (includes the group above).
While each individual makes their own choices, in my opinion Scouts should
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 is usually all
caught up in completing high school and finding a college or job. He may be
entirely deserving but probably has not been seen much around the troop for
a couple of years. He will benefit personally by completing Eagle but his
troop won't get much benefit from his leadership. And, as others have
mentioned, dealing with the last minute rush and little compromises you have
to make when someone is running out of time doesn't feel very good.
ASM, Troop 573, Woodinville, WA
North Lakes District Chairman
Council Website Chairman
Chief Seattle Council