diamondbackAPL wrote:I was wondering if you support the idea of scouts doing all the fun merit badges when they are younger, and as they get older do the eagle badges, or if you support doing all the eagle badges right away, get them over with, and then have fun, since you don't have to worry about the eagle badges anymore.
Get the eagle badges over with unless the Scouts simply won't show the maturity and initiative. If they aren't mature enough to handle digging up a thing or two in the merit badge book for First Aid merit badge, then the Tenderfoot through First Class requirements will have to suffice for them. (I even have a younger Scout whose behavior is so erratic that I'm seriously afraid to teach him chest compressions on a mannequin...though his maturity to not show up when I taught the merit badge settled the issue. )
If they think Personal Management is not yet on their merit badge agenda then maybe they're right. (Of course not having a job or allowance, as was my case at one time, should not be confused with maturity.)
Myself and another counselor taught the "3-month Thrillers" (Fitness, Management, and Family Life) within six months and never heard any complaints. I also taught First Aid and Emergency Preparedness at roughly the same time within my troop. You can realistically teach half of the Eagle-required badges in half a year if the Scouts are willing to do the work.
Being an Eagle myself, I generally see no reason that access to these Eagle-required merit badges should be offered sparsely for elitism or apodictically restrained to older Scouts. Counselors often pulled that with me when I was a Scout and I've been begrudged about it ever since. A few guys in my troop may get Eagle long before their 18th birthday to appease my vendetta. Hehehe.