scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: When to tell a scout should be an Eagle.
Dale & Donna Buss (buss_family@HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 21 2000 - 21:09:23 CDT
To the many people on this list:
I understand that not every Boy Scout will make Eagle. I also understand
that not every Boy Scout should be an Eagle. Now here is the dilemma:
How do you tell when a Life Scout should know longer be encouraged to
complete Eagle requirements? (Please don't say their 18th birthday.) Teen
boys tend to put off, procrastinate, waste time, etc. My son's (An Eagle
Scout) best friend will be 17 next month. His best friend has been a Life
Scout for the last 12-18 months. My son wants me to talk to his friend and
his friends parents about the importance of Eagle. Although, I am on the
troop committee, I am not a SM or ASM. I have heard both of these leaders
promoting and encouraging EAgle with this scout. I have heard that there
will be scouts who will be happy Life rank scouts all of their life, even if
down the road they regret never having completed Eagle rank.
Are there particular questions I should ask to see if this young man is
comfortable remaining as a Life rank scout and next year becoming a ASM?
How do I ask to find out if he is simply not confident of how to go about
the Eagle project. His parents are not particularly active in scouting--or
his activities. He just completed JLT and is now Dining Hall Steward at Cub
Resident Camp for the month of June.
I am NOT approaching this young man as a "scouter" per se--more as a
surrogate mother/parent of his best friend.
Donna S. Buss
Media, IL 61460
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