Is age 13 too late to join BSA and attempt to reach Eagle Scout?
"Is age 13 too late to join BSA and attempt to reach Eagle Scout?"Definitely not. In fact, the earliest you can possibly join a Boy Scout troop is 10 and a half years old. Most are at least 11, and many join years later.I and others have posted the minimum time required for each rank. Daniel Smith has a good summary in his answer to this question.The real key is your level of participation. If you're dedicated and driven, you can do it in a couple of years. But even if you have just "regular" interest, if you join now you can do it by the beginning of your Junior year in high school.Why Junior year? Even though you have until your 18th birthday, free time becomes a lot more scarce around then. By that time you will start studying for things like the PSAT test and possibly one or more AP tests, you'll likely be driving, and you may have a girlfriend (trust me, that one can take up a lot of time!). You may also start scouting out colleges.The big wild card in becoming an Eagle Scout is your Eagle Project. Some guys get this done in a very short amount of time, but one guy in my troop took on a project that required dealing with so many government and private entities that it took 3 years to get all the approvals.But even if you don't think you will become an Eagle Scout, you should join. It's a great experience, and a lot of fun.
Are Boy Scouts generally more prepared than the average citizen?
Update:The BSA announced new findings in a Tufts University study on October 21, 2015. The BSA announced this study on their blog (Tufts University Study Finds Boy Scouts Builds Positive Character). You can also follow the direct link to the study here: Tufts CAMP Study.Original Response:In 2012, Baylor University published a study titled, "Eagle Scouts: Merit Beyond the Badge." I would encourage you to read the full study, as it is quite interesting.In short, the study discovered a trend between those involved in the Scouting program and their future successes in life. Some of the noted trends include "higher levels of planning and preparation skills," a higher chance to "be in a leadership position at their place of employment or local community," and they "report [to have] closer relationships with family and friends." So, one can infer that Scouting alumni are better prepared than the average citizen for many aspects of life.I will not make the claim that Scouting is the only way to better prepare young men (and women) for their future as adults. Programs like JROTC, Civil Air Patrol, and various other youth-focused organizations provide young people with the chance to develop many of their core values and skills which they will be expected to know and utilize later in life. However, I will argue that the Boy Scouts of America has created a program which offers (one of) the best leadership training and development for young men. Specifically, the Eagle Scout advancement challenge, which hundreds of thousands of Scouts attempt each year, is unlike any other immersive management and leadership test found elsewhere in a young person's opportunity portfolio (for the record, I recognize that the GSA Gold Award is similar in structure, and that its challenge is similar to that of the Eagle Scout rank).In summary, I believe that the BSA has developed an outstanding program for young men to prepare themselves for their future endeavors, and that the Eagle Scout advancement challenge is (one of) the best ways for youth to get a "quantum leap" in their leadership development. No wonder the Boy Scout Motto is "Be Prepared," and the BSA's brand tagline is "Prepared. For Life.™"
How does being an Eagle Scout help out while being in the military?
Good number of the answers cover the “factual” point that you will come into the military at the higher E3 grade (this also true for Gold Star Girl Scouts), and you could probably see a good number of Academy and ROTC folks that have these high recognition of youth achievement in their profiles too.Now the “subjective”. Those that achieve Eagle Scout and Gold Star have completed in their path Leadership, project management, resilience, citizenship engagement, life saving skills, emergency management, service, overall human engagement to and end purpose, a combined purpose. Absorption of many additional subjects and well, camping and the logistics of a camp is a skill.The perseverance to get to that milestone and what it tend to imbue in the character of the candidate has the ability to place them in not only a higher paygrade recognition, but also the expectation of the quality of character of that position, with the inherent expectation to go achieve higher.Eagle and Gold go a long way and imprsssive on any college application and resume.I was trying not to sound to pro-anything, just know that as someone who interviews candidates coming into the military and picking their trade Eagles and Stars standout before even seeing that certificate.
How have you grown from an eighth-grader to the person you are now?
This was me dressed up for my 8th grade formal.This is me at my senior prom this past May with my girlfriend.Well hey, something changed there.In eight grade, I was starting to struggle with depression, but I didn’t know it at the time. My freshman year, I fully developed depression and anxiety, and started to self-harm. I developed an eating disorder, where I would throw up any time I ate something, despite how much I actually wanted to eat. Just in one year, I went from a mostly happy middle school kid to a super depressed high school student.At the end of my freshman year, I started to question my gender. I realized that a huge source of my depression and anxiety was being seen as a female, but I was too scared to come out.At the beginning of my sophomore year, my parents divorced. Within the next couple of months, my mom remarried, my mom got pregnant, my grandmother died, two of my great-grandmothers died, and my half-brother was still born. I was still self-harming.I started counselling and taking medication during my sophomore year, which helped immensely, and I quit self-harming during the end of my sophomore year. Halfway through my junior year, I decided to come out as FTM transgender, which helped immensely with many of my mental health issues. I started dressing masculine, and was immediately accepted by my family and close friends. My senior year was spent freaking out over graduation and issues with my girlfriend’s home life, but by some miracle I managed to graduate on time and walk at graduation and get my diploma.It’s not to say that I’m completely better. Being transgender isn’t easy, and I still have bad days where I don’t want to get up. But I’ve been off of my meds for a few months now, probably getting close to a year at this point, and my last relapse was still five months ago, although I was a month short of reaching two years before it.I still have issues, and I’m not where I want to be in life, but I’ve grown up. I know who I want to be now, and for my last dance of high school, I wasn’t crying about my best friend going with my crush, I was laughing with my girlfriend driving through McDonald’s as our fancy post-prom meal. I wasn’t worried about whether I even wanted to wear a dress, I was confident about how good my suit looked and enjoying my last moments as a high school student. I wasn’t scared about being alone, I was excited to see one of my best friends by maid of honor with her date being the crush I had cried about years previously who was now a great friend of mine.Right now, I’m taking a gap year. I’m spending my time practicing trumpet, so that when I go to college next fall, I can be the best as a freshman, so that maybe one day I can be a professional trumpet player, although I would absolutely love to just be a high school or college band director. I’m furthering my transition with legal name changes and hormones and saving for surgeries. I’m preparing to vote in my first election. I’m already learning what it feels like to be in debt to someone, as I owe my dad around $1000 for car insurance now. I have my first job and am still learning how to save money (I like tattoos maybe too much).I’d say I’ve grown quite a bit since eighth grade.
What do you think is the "right" age for a Scout to earn their Eagle?
You can join scouts at 11 (or 10 if you have your arrow of light) and the plan according to national is to attempt to get first class, first year. If that is accomplished, it will take you, at minimum, 1 year and months to move through the upper ranks. So you could get it at 13 years old.I feel that is to rushed however. Most scouts don't want to move that fast. But there are always those few who desire the rank highly enough to pursue it. IMHO, the best time is when they are mature enough to make the accomplishment meaningful. Many young scouts of 13-15 just haven't acheived that level of maturity.I like to see scouts going for Eagle when they are 16-17. At 16, young men (and soon young women) start hitting the 3 W's (work, women and wheels) although for most of the girls it may be the three M's (moil, men, and motorcars).Getting to 18 is pushing it. The scout doesn't get time to enjoy being an Eagle scout before turning the page to adulthood. It also can become a stressful burden of having to get stuff done in a rush before time runs out. Ann's if something goes wrong, there may not be time to correct it.
How does one become an Eagle Scout?
Hard work and dedication. It is a lot of work, that shouldn't be a surprise, but when you reach the rank of Life scout you're only half way there. As Jack Dahlgren said, you need to join a troop. This troop will support you and help you along the path, but it is your project. You will preform it and lead it. The purpose is to demonstrate the leadership qualities and skills you've learned in Boy Scouts. When you obtain Life scout you will receive an Eagle packet. You will need to complete this and get it signed off on. Make sure you get the signatures in the proper order! If you don't, they will make you start the packet over. Make sure you over detail all your plans because you want to show that you are taking all variables into consideration.Once you have the packet signed off on, you can start you're Eagle project. Depending on what you're doing it may take you anywhere from a couple of days to months. ( I built a bridge which took a weekend.) During this process it's important to involve volunteers, this project shows off your leadership skills and planning more than anything. You should garner at least 300 total volunteer hours.Beyond you're project, you will need to fill leadership roles in your troop for 6 months (if I am unmistaken) and also get a minimum of 21 merit badges, 10 which are Eagle specific. And this all has to be done before your 18th birthday.Talk to you're troop and scoutmaster, they want to help you. Less then 7% of Boy Scouts obtain their Eagle, which may seem daunting but it is very doable. I waited until the weekend before my 18th birthday to complete my project, which was a fantastic example of chronic procrastination, but with the help of my friends, family, and troop I was able to do it. And so can you. The End Game
Is it possible to carry out an Eagle Scout project in 3 months?
Yes, absolutely.As many others have suggested, budgeting to have 6 months or a year is better, but 3 months is doable. I believe I have seen them go from idea to completion in as little as a month (with all approvals), but those are amazingly rare.The right follow on question is “How do I carry out an Eagle Scout project in just 3 months?”It is all about the project, especially the various layers of extra approval you have to go through for certain types of projects. Avoid projects that require government approval, such as zoning permits, building permits, inspections, or where a government agency or board is the recipient. It can be hard enough getting approval from your Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, District or Council representative, and the Beneficiary. Don’t add MORE required approvals.The ideal beneficiary is represented by a single person who has the authority to approve your project and accept it as done WITHOUT going to a “the board”, “ the membership”, or anyone else for approval. When you meet with your beneficiary, make sure you understand their level of authority to approve your project.The ideal project comes with its own funding. Some organizations that need work done have money for the materials, and they just need you to design the project, find the labor, and direct the project to completion. Many Eagles raise funds to complete their project, but that takes extra time, so avoid it if possible, if you are on a tight deadline.Be super polite about it, but do let those you are working with understand your timeline. Expect to bend over backwards to accommodate their needs if they are helping you to meet your schedule. (For example, I met with a scout about 9 or 10 PM on the day before his 18th birthday to sign some things for an Eagle Scout candidate. He drove to the campsite where the troop was camping, because that was where *I* was going to be on that day. A scout is helpful, and I was happy to help, but in that case he needed to come to me.)Be FLEXIBLE. (Or as they say in Woodbadge, “Semper Gumby. Always Flexible.”) Your ideal project might be an outdoor construction project like a trail or a dock. If the time you have left is December to February, and you are in Minnesota, it isn’t going to work. Pick something that is mostly or entirely indoors. (However, I have seen scouts build and install docks in Virginia in the winter, where they had to chip through the ice to get to the bottom of the pond to dig the underwater hole for the support posts. It is amazing what a motivated group of scouts can accomplish!)Good luck with your project!
How does it feel to be an Eagle Scout during the current negative discussions involving scouting?
I've always felt that the BSA should end its discriminatory policies against gay and atheist boys and leaders. As such, I've proudly worn the "Inclusive Scouting Award" on my uniform for years. This is an unofficial (and thus technically forbidden on the Class A uniform) knot/patch to show support for including those discriminated groups in the BSA. I wore this throughout 7 years working in senior positions at an official BSA summer camp, and explained my positions to all who asked about it. There were other staffers who did the same.While this particular issue deeply disappoints me, I don't fundamentally believe the BSA is a bad organization, or something I don't want to be associated with. As such, I wouldn't return my badge or medal, because I'm still quite proud of it, and also proud of my affiliation with so many of the best people I've ever known. Large organizations are certain to have disagreements like this, but there's more than enough common ground to share and be proud of. Of course I do hope that this policy changes, but I'll continue to support the BSA either way.If you're looking for an analogy you can relate to, consider whether you would renounce your American citizenship if Congress passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. I certainly wouldn't, even though I'd disagree with such a decision. I think most Americans feel the same way about most issues, which is why we're still united as one nation.: http://www.inclusivescouting.net...
How hard is it to become an Eagle Scout?
For an exact answer, please read the following. It is a list of everything you need to do to become an Eagle Scout:https://filestore.scouting.org/f...However, here is a summary:-It requires time. Nineteen months is a minimum.-It requires effort. Scouts not only need to memorize things like the pledge of allegiance and the symptoms and treatment of a stroke but also demonstrate skills such as swimming, tying knots, using of a saw, and performing CPR. Scouts also have to complete tasks such as improving their physical fitness and performing research on a household purchase.-It requires active participation. In addition to sixteen months of vaguely defined being “active in [their] troop,” scouts also need to meet concrete requirements such as camping for twenty nights and participating in eighteen hours of community service not even counting the eagle project.-It requires responsibility. Scouts have to serve for a total of sixteen months in positions of responsibility within their troops.-It requires family involvement. Several requirements include a parent or guardian.-It requires community involvement. Scouts have to attend two community meetings as well as lead an eagle project, an in-depth service project for a community organization.-It requires leadership. Scouts must teach skills to their peers as well as complete the aforementioned eagle project.-It requires money. Uniforms, registration fees, camping equipment, camp costs, transportation, and other items pile up. The money doesn’t necessarily need to come from the scouts or their families, many troops hold fundraisers to pay some or all expenses.I think that covers all the major tangible and intangible factors that add up to the difficulty of earning the eagle rank. If anyone thinks I missed something major, please let me know.