Astronauts like Neil Armstrong.
Film directors like Steven Spielberg.
Presidents like Gerald Ford.
These guys are Eagle Scout
s, just like me
. So? Nothing
. That's it. Just a similar achievement.
Being an Eagle Scout
used to be a big deal
. The whole town celebrate
d the advancement
of a scout
to the highest rank in the entire Boy Scouts
organization. The scout became part of a higher brotherhood
among Boy Scouts. A huge ceremony
took place each time a scout became an Eagle Scout. At such a meeting all of the scout's friends
s from over the years, and the higher officials
in the local scout organization
s would all come together (most likely in a church basement
) and recognize the scout as something special
I told my mom that if she announced my Eagle rank in the newspaper that I would hurt her.
Why? Boy Scouts
are nothing but made fun of anymore. Sure, the ranks impress
adults over the age of 35, but everyone else makes fun of you. It's like being part of a dork club
. It's embarrassing
, and I could never figure out
why. Never. I had mountain
s of stress
finishing the requirements of the Eagle rank, and because I cared so much what other people thought, I was embarrassed.
People ask me why I complain so much.
spent hours planning my service project
. The service project is the last BIG thing in finishing the Eagle requirement
s (which for me doubled as finishing
scouts, which was what I wanted to do long before). The service project consists of a project that you plan and lead
that does something positive
for the community
, or church
, and the total number of hours that it has to fill is 6
or more. You are to lead a group of other scouts through the project to complete your planned goal
s of service projects I worked on for other scouts were laying bark on nature trail
s, planting trees at the golf course
, filling sand bag
s during a bad Missouri drought
, or putting up new signs in a campground
Anyways, all this work, at least for me (my service project was a joke
that I care not to talk about anyway), did not pay off
. I was not recognized by the town. I chose not to be, mostly because it would flag
the beginning of what I knew would be the harsh
I would ever have to receive in the horrible waste pit
that was Taylorville
I was stupid.
I am an Eagle Scout
. Other Eagle Scouts like me have received award
s, and other forms of recognition
for doing the same things I have. In fact
, I bet that I did more for my Eagle than Steven Spielberg
, Neil Armstrong
, or Gerald Ford
did for theirs. The requirements have increase
d over the years, and are much harder to fulfill
than in the past.
I am an Eagle Scout
. I can declare
it to people and not lie. That is what it has gotten me. I can surprise
new friends with it involuntarily
because it will
come up in conversation
. I realize how stupid I was to be embarrassed of it in the past.
I am an Eagle Scout
. I spent ten years
in the basement
of a church, in the forest
s of Illinois
, in the back yard
of said church, and in the park
s of my hometown. What do I have to show for it? A packet
. In the packet is the actual Eagle badge
(patch), the Eagle Scout medal
, a certificate
that says I'm important, and a small booklet
of things they want to sell
me and my family
because I worked so hard to get there. Yes, ten paragraphs and I finally get to my point
What is left in this world when of all things holy
, all things sacred
, all things loved
, when the National Eagle Scout Association
tries to sell you things for achieving the highest recognized
rank in the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America
? Has capitalism
and greed permeate
d every last drop
of what was once pure
in this country? Is anything not for sale?
Can anything escape its own potential for profit?
You know what?
I am an Eagle Scout.
I say fuck the National Eagle Scout Association.
Anyone want to buy my official Eagle Scout badge for $5?
Ok, everyone has taken this the wrong way and I am now swimming
. Let me add one note that should balance
what I've said a bit more: the local politics
that surround the Boy Scouts
in each town make
what you get out of it. When I started scouting
, I had wonderful leader
s and great fun all around. The deterioration
of my local troop didn't just happen among the scouts themselves. The reason so many were quit
ting was that they had other high school
things to do and
that the leaders were leaving and shitty
leaders were replacing them.
I put in a lot. I got out a lot. But that's not what this node is about. If you want to know what I learned from scouts, I can tell you. Here: What I learned in Boy Scouts
. I'm talking solely about the Eagle rank
here and the things surrounding it for me
. This is my own selfish venting
Everything's different for everyone.
Man, I never go back to a node and put replies up. argh.
TaintedTex: This was not a personal attack. You obviously had a different experience than me in scouts and that's fine. Calm down...
And if your job is the only reason you care about being an Eagle Scout, um, then I don't know...
Friendly, courteous, and kind indeed! And I never had respect for quitters.
I officially agree with treeSysV about the scouting system itself: Nazi party. The discrimination really just isn't right. Makes you really wonder what such a high rank in that system means...
Deborah909: Mom and dad pushed, kicked, prodded, and shoved me into finishing. There's no interesting story behind it; just a lot of yelling in my house and a bit of crying here and there.
That is all.