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    • Not to be a downer here but one thing I don't hear anyone saying is that not everyone earns the Eagle Rank.  I get the feeling that people are walking in thinking that every girl is going to earn eagle.  Stats show that only 4 of every 100 Scouts earn Eagle.  My Troop has been around since 1970 and has produced 82 Eagle Scouts.  I have 23 Scouts in my Troop and it is hard enough to get the these guys the positions of Rank each year.  I would recommend teaching the Program so they learn the skills and not be so worried about getting badges. Those will come but they need to do the work and learn the skills through First Class as they will be teaching the younger ones the skills.  It won't look very good having a Star or Life Scout that can't tell you how to tie knots or treat water for drinking. The Scouts run the Troop not the adults. 
    • Do you have leadership plans for the scouts who will be in college during the later half of the process? I'm not sure how that will work during the extended time rule.
    • Please post 2-year Eagle plans for boys and girls on a short track.  We are seeking schedules and hints on things that need to be “worked from the start”, such as particular required merit badges to present timing pitfalls.
    • Dear Friends:   These are splendid suggestions, and I certainly agree and recommend them to all readers.   We anticipate that the Scoutmaster daughter/4-year camp staffer and the 3-year Venturer are good examples of tag-along girls who have probably fully-absorbed the Scouting spirit and have already acquired much of the required First Class skills (which they will have to of course demonstrate mastery of).  Both already have their merit badge plans on paper.  I am really pleased we will have them to inspire our 11-13 year olds.  Their significant growth will probably be on the leadership side of things. Our challenge is the “unscouted” girl who turns 16 this summer and perhaps others that might materialize in the fall.  As I have shared elsewhere on this Forum, girls are now seeking us out based on word of mouth, including older ones.  What has been pleasing is that there have been no parents or girls showing simply to “gun for Eagle”.  We will be working very closely with her and she will be at summer camp with us.
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