scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Last Minute Eagles
Bob Lazell (rlazell@QED.NET
Sat Jun 24 2000 - 21:33:14 CDT
>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.
I'm not exactly clear as to what advantage you see in "narrowing" the scout
age. One of the truly unique and valuable things about scouting, as I see
it, is that boys from ages 10 1/2 to 18 are together as a unit. That has
nothing to do with their rank. whether a boy leaves scouting as a
Tenderfoot or Eagle is of no consequence to the value of the experience.
This year, through a number of situations far out of the control of the
boys, I had 4 young men become Eagles very close to their 18th birthdays. I
cannot understate how truly wonderful it was to have these young men
depending on 11 year olds to help them complete their projects. No, if
given a choice, I would have had them all finish earlier, but, it did not
happen that way but, there was no loss to the Troop because of it.
I agree totally with those who have said that it is up to the boys to want
to earn Eagle rank. I have told each and every boy in my troop that I would
never cheapen their achievement by forcing them to earn Eagle. Every single
Eagle has thanked me for allowing them to earn their rank through hard work
and dedication.rather than to avoid a "punishment"
In order to keep our children we have to let go.
SM troop 127
Valley Cottage, NY