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They may not be realistic at first, but when you sit down with them and discuss future conflicts (driving, dating, college search, etc.), they usually can develop a reasonable path. Then you help them develop a plan to get there.


Committee Chairman D.E. LANSDALE, PA.


GOING TWO BY TWO How about pairing up the gung-ho Eagle-aspiring Scout and the more laid-back Scout as advancement partners? They could work together toward smaller goals such as merit badges. As the laid-back Scout becomes more involved and excited about his own advancement, his parents hopefully will, too.


Committee Member D.S. HORIZON CITY, TEX.


ACTIVITIES OVER ADVANCEMENT If a boy is enjoying himself and par- ticipating regularly in activities, it’s O.K. if he’s not advancing. If the troop is putting on a good, active program, advancement should come naturally. It should not be treated as a separate component.


Assistant Scoutmaster M.W. SOLDOTNA, ALASKA


WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE The first three ranks are still a parent push time. After that, the Scout has to want to go further. Parents who get too involved after that point cheapen the award for their son. I earned my Eagle at 17.75 [years old] and enjoyed the ride. My parents were proud of me, but it was those things I had to do on my own as a Life Scout and the “always regret” talk my Scoutmaster had with me at 17 that really pushed me over the top.


Assistant Scoutmaster R.K. CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA


TAKE DOWN BARRIERS I try to remove organizational barri- ers. Either the advancement chair or his assistant is at every troop meeting as a resource. We always have enough committee members at each troop


meeting to convene a board of review, and any Scout completing his board of review is recognized that night.


Committee Chairman E.M. WEST CHESTER, OHIO


PARENTING 101 Hold a meeting with the new parents and explain the advancement process. If possible, have a panel of senior Scouts answer parents’ questions about advancement. Stress that not everybody gets Eagle and that advance-


ment is only one of the eight methods of Scouting. If you find adults that still appear


prone to controlling their child’s advancement, encourage them to complete the requirements for the Boy Scout Leader’s Training Award. It gives them their own recognition to work toward while increasing the number of trained leaders in your unit.


College Scouter M.M. KIRKLAND, WASH.¿


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