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Scout Not Advancing

A Scout mom asked this question in our Scout Moms, Dads, and Leaders Facebook group

My son has been in Scouts since was in First grade. Has loved it. Since crossing over to Boy Scouts about 4 years ago, he has not ranked up. He is so close to many of them. He has no motivation to do it. He lives going to camp and going to all the activities that our troop does. Loves earning the merit badges. I just don’t understand. Has anyone else had this problem? If so what should I do? I would love for him to earn his Eagle Scout. Is about to turn 14.

I wouldn’t push it too much. Something might still light a spark and make it happen. But even if it doesn’t he is still getting a lot of benefit from the program. On the other hand, if you insist he might become resistant to being involved at all.

We had a youth like this once and it was fine. He enjoyed being in the troop and we enjoyed having him. But he just wasn’t interested in ranking up. He was in Scouting for the adventure and for being with his friends.

Readers, what do you think? Add your own thoughts in the comments section below. You can read additional thoughts from other Scouters in this Facebook post in the group.

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