The Question That Reveals the Heart of the "BSA" Culture Wars in Issues & Politics Posted January 31, 2018 4 minutes ago, MattR said: I see this as well. That's why I started working on teamwork and leadership with just the younger scouts. They are more willing to try something new. Our current SPL is just 13 years old and he is on fire with Scouting. The younger Scouts are following his gung-ho example and some really good things are happening from that. I have given him the challenge to break this cycle of malaise as he ages up in the program. If anyone can do it, he can. But we'll see - peer pressure to fit in is so strong with these older teens. 10 minutes ago, MattR said: It has started to bubble up to a few of the older scouts Same here. Even though they are too cool to admit it, I sense some envy among these older boys as they see what they are missing out on. One of our 16 year-old Scouts is in fear of his younger 13 year-old brother beating him to Eagle (a likelihood which makes me very happy). 10 minutes ago, MattR said: I know, it's completely backwards. Yes - completely backwards , but I see no other way to approach this problem.