“Eagle for adults”—I’ve thought about this many times,
because my scoutmaster earned his as an adult before the age limit was imposed.
There were trade-offs: he was an excellent example for us boys but there was a
definite attitude that we could always do it later. The truth is, adults
involved in scouting do the Eagle requirements many times over as they work with
boys. But the award itself gives the boy an experience at his level that loses
its force and effectiveness once adulthood is achieved. Exceptions can exist, of
course, and I believe my scoutmaster was one of them. But for most adults, the
rank would have little or no meaning.Scouting has ample opportunities for
adult recognition. Specifically, with the Eagle Rank, moms and dads are
recognized with a parent pin. Other adults can be honored with an Eagle Mentor
pin, which is very meaningful because their selection is done by the Eagle
recipient—a proper honor, because the boy himself recognizes the
dedication of the adult volunteer, family member, or friend, that has assisted
him along the way.
They have merit badges in the military, but whether or not you get them is based
far more on opportunity, timing, and social connections, not so much effort or
education, which makes it worse than if there were just no merit badges at all.
I would earn a few. I'd even like to complete my Eagle scout award, having
left off shortly after receiving the Life award!An 'Eagle for
Adults' would still be great!
From what I read in the scriptures, it looks like every genuinely good act will
be rewarded far beyond our earthly comprehension. That is, unless one insists on
receiving earthly rewards "that they may have the glory of men" (see
Sounds like your company needs to go with the O.C. Tanner model of recognizing
employees. Go to their website (not the jewelry store) and you'll see what
I like it Steve...good idea.
Sorry Steave, you're too late. Adults already have a merit badge system.
Their merit badges are in the form of cars, boat, clothes, houses and a number
of other things. They don't put them on a banner, they drive them, wear
them and live in them. Sometimes they forgo some merit badges for others, like
sending them to schools.