scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Last Minute Eagles
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Fri Jun 23 1972 - 08:43:25 CDT
On Thu, 22 Jun 2000, Bruce E. Cobern wrote:
> > Behalf Of Jim Miller Sr.
> > Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2000 9:46 AM
> > Younger Eagles (15 or so) that I have seen, tend to have much
> > better planned projects. The average 17 year old "last minute Eagle"
> That has been my experience, in 20+ years as a district advancement
> chairman, as well. I find that the late 17 year olds do projects that are
> GENERALLY far less ambitious than the projects done by the 15 and 16 year
I hesitate to re-enter this fray (g), but -- is it possible that 16- and
17- year-olds have a firmer grip on what is factually possible than the
14- and 15- year-olds?
If one has never dug up a spot for a flower bed, one has no concept of
how difficult it is. Once one HAS dug up a 12-ft by 4-ft area, one tends
to reduce the size of one's flower bed to 2-ft by 2-ft, or even better to
a half-a-barrel. By the time a 17-yr-old is planning HIS Eagle project,
he may have participated in half-a-dozen or more, and he KNOWS exactly
how much effort is involved in each step and so he modifies his plans to
improve the chances of finishing the project.
One of our late Eagles had an extremely difficult Eagle project; he got
his Eagle in 1988 and that project is STILL referenced in the Troop by
the BOYS as "slave labor camp." Note that NONE of the boys and only two
of the adults currently in the Troop were part of that project. Word of
mouth has kept the legend alive. Every project since then has been
planned with one eye on his plan, which was deceptively simple.