Steve Eaton: Merit badges should be available for adults

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    Jan. 21, 2014 8:06 a.m.

    “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.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    Jan. 21, 2014 6:54 a.m.

    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.

  • stuff Provo, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 12:12 p.m.

    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!

  • Scott H Ogden, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 8:20 p.m.

    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 Matthew 6:1-6).

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    Man Scouts!

  • Jen876 North Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 10:16 p.m.

    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 mean.

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 6:30 p.m.

    I like it Steve...good idea.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 5:28 p.m.

    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.