One of the most used excuses for not joining scouts is that they are too busy with xyz sport. It can be hard to balance other after school groups with scouting, but it is not an impossible task. Both offer valuable life lessons and we always say that sports should not take a back seat to scouts and scouts should not take a back seat to sports. Replace “sports” with whatever activity you are involved in. It is all the same.
We have had several scouts who were involved with multiple activities throughout the year who were able to earn the rank of Eagle before their 18th birthday. It may have taken them a little longer, but it can be done. Scouting is an activity where the scout progresses at his own pace. There is plenty of time to complete your goals. With a little hard work and focus, anything is possible.
Unfortunately a lot of coaches do not have the same view. They view kids as professional athletes and will quickly bench a player for missing a practice or game. Regrettably if this is the case, a scout will have to make a decision on what matters more to their life and which program offers the greatest potential for personal success.