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Scoutings’ Eagles: rank of a lifetime, for a lifetime
by Father Terence Tully, for the Inland Register
(From the June 13, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)
I envy you, Scouts of Life rank with time to do the requirements for Eagle rank before your 18th birthday. My envy is based on regret that I was too timid as a boy to become a Scout. I admired Scouts, even bought a Scout Handbook and tried to do some requirements, but I never joined up.
Eagle rank has been called equal to a college diploma. It is said to be a help for men in the military in advancing. I say the world needs more Eagles.
The Eagle is the “all-around perfect Scout.” This rank demands of the boy his best in leadership, service, outdoor know-how, citizenship, and moral behavior, qualities that will stay with the young man for a lifetime.
The past tense is not used in regard to an Eagle Scout. No matter how old he is we do not say: “He was an Eagle Scout.” We keep saying, “He is an Eagle Scout.”
Unfortunately, the older a boy gets the more interests he is likely to have — thoughts about college, career, wife and family, travel, world conditions, and so on. But all these interests can be better grasped by the person who is an Eagle Scout. And they should not keep the candidate for Eagle from steady progress toward becoming Eagle.
I dream of Eagle Scouts making contact with their counterparts in other countries. Scouting is a widespread fellowship of youth that can be an instrument of peace and help for the needy. Poverty is a danger that foments wars. Scouts who promise on their honor to help other people at all times may find new ways to help.
As the world shrinks in size with swift travel and instant communication, Eagle Scouts, including those who became Eagles many years ago, may be the best prepared.
I hope candidates for Eagle rank find projects that help the poor right now, close to home — playgrounds, equipment, clothes, housing. There should be a way for boys without money to become Scouts. Scouts leading Scouts into the fun, skills, and adventure of Scouting should make Scouting available to all boys who want Scouting, with Eagles and future Eagles leading the way.
The question is not: “Do I have time to complete the Eagle requirements?” The question should be: “What is the best way to get all the requirements done with time to spare.” Go for it!
• Catholic Camporee, (Scout retreat) Sept. 13-l4, 2002, Camp Cowles, Diamond Lake.
• Bishop’s Recognition Day, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, 2 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane. Bishop Skylstad will confer religious medals on Scouts and other youth who have earned them.
For information on the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and its activities, contact:
• Father Terence Tully, diocesan Scout chaplain, 221 E. Rockwood Blvd., Apt 308, Spokane, WA 99202-1200; phone (509) 458-7674; or
• Joe Schmitz, chair of Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting, 400 S. Jefferson St., Suite 112, Spokane, WA 99204, phone (509) 747-7499.
Click here for the web page of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting!
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