scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Last Minute Eagles
Mick Cole (MicCCole@AOL.COM
Sat Jun 24 2000 - 13:00:08 CDT
In a message dated Sat, 24 Jun 2000 2:21:14 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Bob Lazell <rlazell@QED.NET> writes <in part>:
<< > IMHO the quick way to dispense with this nonsense is to change the
> requirements so that the youngest a Scout can be is 14 and the oldest 17.
All age requirements are by nature arbitrary, last minute Eagles would just
become almost 17 year olds instead of 18. (you might have something with the
SM Troop 127
Valley Cottage, NY
I think we can all agree that an 11-year old is vastly different from a 17 or 18-year old. Where the change occurs varies considerably. It seems to me the BSA could benefit from looking at scouting elsewhere. For example, in Canada scout age is from 11 to 14, with the option to stay until 16. At 15, most are expected to move up to the Venturing program. While the establishment of the Venture program has been a major step in the right direction, I can't help but wonder whether there shouldn't also be a narrowing of the Scout age, along the Canadian model.
SM, Troop 62