scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: How much help can I give?
Laura Hix (BSATroop374GSTX@AOL.COM
Sat Jul 08 2000 - 22:11:17 CDT
- He does not have to make Eagle for you to love him.
- He does not have to make Eagle for you to be proud of him.
- He does not have to make Eagle to have been successful in Scouting.
- He does not have to make Eagle for "validation."
This is so true! My son (17) will not make Eagle. He is a Life Scout,
Member of OA, Lifeguard, has held several positions including SPL, but he is
NOT Eagle material. His attitude is bad, he has dropped out of high school
and when he was living with his dad, he got mixed up with the wrong crowd and
lets just say he did some things that were not "Living the Scout way"
Now he is back in TX and is trying (sortof) but his attitude is not good
enough. Do I care, yeah, I care cause he has been in Scouts since he was a
Tiger? Do I think it is wrong, NOPE. He is not (from Eagle Rank Req)
demonstrating Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law in his
OK. Not every Scout will make Eagle. At this point, I don't care, I am too
concerned with whether or not he will become a viable, happy, "good" adult.
That is my main concern. He knows he will not make Eagle, but he continues
to stay in Scouts (that's his choice) He loves to camp and loves to be
involved with the other Scouts. They are his only friends now that he has
quit HS (that's a good thing though)
Not making Eagle is NOT the end of the world. Some young men are just not
cut out to become an Eagle. We Leaders of the troop would love for every one
of our young men to become Eagle Scouts. My gosh, what a thing that would be
to say that every Scout that came through my troop became an Eagle Scout.
But then that wouldn't make the award special and reserved for the ones that
honestly have earned it and deserve it.
ASM Troop 374
Grand Saline, Texas