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Meet the Boy Scout with all 134 merit badges
WIS TV ^ | Jun 18, 2013 | Taylor Kearns

Posted on 06/18/2013 7:56:23 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar

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To: Jack Hydrazine

Yep, based on what I saw in my years in Scouting, I wouldn’t consider any scout who received an Eagle ranking at the age of 13, to have truely earned or understood what being that level of a leader takes. I don’t care how smart they are, being a good leader takes more then what a 13 year old can really understand.

I should clear something up though, I’m not saying that the kid has done anything wrong, the error is committed at the troop level and continued up to the Council level. It is the troop and the Council that signs off on the Eagle Rank, the kid can’t force them to sign off on that.


81 posted on 06/19/2013 2:34:27 PM PDT by ScubieNuc (When there is no justice in the laws, justice is left to the outlaws.)
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To: Only1choice____Freedom
Haven't been in scouting for 40 years, but there is more to the program than accumulating every single merit badge. I think it only took about 21 to reach Eagle in my day, and I came up a little short.

There is the other aspects, of fun, leadership, OA, going crazy at camping, etc.

This sounds like someone either who is being pushed or is Badge OCD, and is missing out on all the fun.

82 posted on 06/19/2013 2:36:09 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Hey NSA Goon watching FR... Suck this - > |=====>)
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To: ScubieNuc

“I have no idea what your comment about homeschoolers has to do with this topic. I’ve known homeschoolers and I have nothing against them. However, I don’t care if you are the son of two geniuses and are a genius yourself, being an Eagle Scout doesn’t hinge on being a genius, it hinges on being a servant leader to those around you and demonstrating that.”
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Homeschooling is a lifestyle of learning and serving. When your school day ends at 8am because you learn year around and choose to wake up before 5am, there is a lot of time in your day to serve, exercise, play, read, learn more...


83 posted on 06/19/2013 3:09:31 PM PDT by greatvikingone
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To: ScubieNuc

” I don’t care how smart they are, being a good leader takes more then what a 13 year old can really understand.”

At 13, my son was a better leader than his 17 year old scout mates who failed in time management, organization, and dedication. They aged out just shy of Eagle because they did not choose to make scouting a priority. Maturity is not restricted to age.


84 posted on 06/19/2013 3:18:16 PM PDT by greatvikingone
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To: greatvikingone
Homeschooling is a lifestyle of learning and serving. When your school day ends at 8am because you learn year around and choose to wake up before 5am, there is a lot of time in your day to serve, exercise, play, read, learn more...

Well, if that's how you run your homeschooling, great. Kudos to you. However, I know that not all homeschooled kids are structured that way. Just as not all public educated kids are bottom feeders barely able to add, subtract and read. Granted, there are those kids, but they aren't all that way.

That being said, I still don't buy into the idea that even a smart, well structured, homeschooled kid, can truly earn his rank of Eagle by the age of 13.
85 posted on 06/19/2013 4:53:29 PM PDT by ScubieNuc (When there is no justice in the laws, justice is left to the outlaws.)
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To: greatvikingone
At 13, my son was a better leader than his 17 year old scout mates who failed in time management, organization, and dedication. They aged out just shy of Eagle because they did not choose to make scouting a priority.

I can believe that. My son's as well, were better leaders at 13 then some of the older Scouts. However, that doesn't mean they were "EAGLE" leadership level, yet. That took more time, maturity and learning.

Maturity is not restricted to age.

Again, I can agree with you here. I'm not debating that your son was or was not mature, I'm simply stating that I don't buy that ANY 13 year old truly earned or understands what it means to be an Eagle Scout. Now, maybe your troop or Council has dumbed Eagle Scout down so much that it doesn't mean what it used to or what it means in my area. Whatever the case may be, to me, a 13 year old Eagle Scout should not happen.
86 posted on 06/19/2013 5:02:09 PM PDT by ScubieNuc (When there is no justice in the laws, justice is left to the outlaws.)
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To: ScubieNuc

“Now, maybe your troop or Council has dumbed Eagle Scout down so much that it doesn’t mean what it used to or what it means in my area. Whatever the case may be, to me, a 13 year old Eagle Scout should not happen.”

BSA disagrees with you. And my son, who continues to lead and teach within his troop and council, is evidence that BSA is not wrong about allowing some 13 year olds to be Eagle Scouts.


87 posted on 06/19/2013 8:07:21 PM PDT by greatvikingone
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To: Jet Jaguar

You can get a sharpshooter badge these days for hitting the broad side of a barn from 3 feet away.


88 posted on 06/19/2013 8:13:05 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: ScubieNuc

I fully understand what you are saying. He still has quite a bit of growing up to do.


89 posted on 06/19/2013 8:54:39 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: ScubieNuc
Now, maybe your troop or Council has dumbed Eagle Scout down so much that it doesn't mean what it used to or what it means in my area.

I think the community service aspect of Eagle must have really been watered down. Back in my day, and one of the reasons I couldn't finish in time was that your community service project had to be a significant undertaking. (Effort and Time) I read somewhere here local that a kid got his by painting trash cans at a park. Hmmmmmmm.

90 posted on 06/20/2013 2:44:50 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Hey NSA Goon watching FR... Suck this - > |=====>)
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This sounds like someone either who is being pushed or is Badge OCD, and is missing out on all the fun.

Not at all. He is self motivated and goes to every meeting, every advance-o-rama and merit badge clinic. He is the SPL now and is very smart and has a lot of leadership qualities I wish I had.

He truly is an exceptional kid.

All the scouts, new and older, are his friends and he is not scout centered all the time. He just has a focus you don't see often.The scout master is a professor at a local university that is one of the top schools in the country. The president is an Eagle as well.

Last year a student saw his Eagle paraphernalia and they had a discussion. Seems he is not only an Eagle but has earned every merit badge available at the time.

Believe it or not, there ARE kids like this and they give me hope that we can get out of the situation we live in now.

91 posted on 06/20/2013 2:41:40 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (As long as America's tolerence of failure is not overwhelmed by a desire to succeed, we will fail.)
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