"Eagle Out" yep. "Age Out" yep. "Fumes" "Time involved" yep.
I have known not a few Scouts who Eagled (hate that term) because of rewards offered by parent/grandparent. Hand the boy the medal, pfffft he's gone.
Older Scouts stay because A) they like the program, camping, climbing, canoeing etc. B) they like the idea of being a leader (a mixed blessing that) often because they are not leaders anywhere else. C) They like the idea of being an "older brother" to the younger Scouts, and can teach/pass on skills and traditions. History remembered?
Even in Boy Led Troops, these ideas can be helped along.
#A is dependant on the adult leadership suggesting, supporting and getting out of the way.
#B is also dependent on the adults setting up the system and then getting out of the way. If the boys want to go bowling, well, that's a start.
#C is lost on a lot of boys, because, frankly, we have smaller families(single kids?) and lost the idea of extended family, (uncle Arthur isn't there very often to take the boy fishing). We have professional teachers to tell our kids what's what. If the Scout hasn't had the idea of BEING a leader to other kids (big sister? Big brother? ) modeled, or is LET ( by his parents?) to be the big brother, how would he know that's what he should be doing? If the SM doesn't set things up so the "Instructor" instructs, how would the Scout know that's what he does?
I have a photo a friend took, it is one of my favorites. It shows Scoutson seated on a stump, axe and file in hand, with a younger Scout leaning over , as if he is asking a question. I have had other Scouters tell me that is how they remember Scoutson in the Troop, modeling and instructing. He got that way because of how we let him do things at home, and encouraged him to do things at Scouts.
The older Scouts need the Venturing program. They need the peer group. But they also need to realize they have (can have) a connection to the younger boys. The skills I have are really the skills I learned from older Scouts. And maybe Bob, and Lee and Kenny and Chip are out there, som'ers, letting other Scoutsons 'Eagle".
Edited by SSScout, 31 January 2017 - 01:12 PM.