ASM in charge of Butt Kicking
Scott Begin (34RXESC@CMUVM.BITNET)
Thu, 26 Sep 1991 18:38:50 EDT
Actually, the "ASM in charge of butt kicking" does sound like a good idea:
I think it would have helped me reach eagle.
The active part was not a problem for me, I missed very few troop meetings
while I was a scout, was a Life scout at 15 1/2, went to the 1985 jambo,
Philmont, and served on Camp Staff (1 year CIT, 2 years Full Time Staff).
However, about the time I reached Life, the other members my age quit.
I no longer had to competition to get the next rank first. Our troop also
went through a change in leadership (new scoutmaster). It wasn't until about
6 months before I turned 18 that anyone thought about me getting serious about
"finishing my eagle," and at that time, nothing was mentioned about eagle
projects, just getting the more merit badges.
What really would have helped me would have been someone to set down, say
hey, do you have anything in mind for a project? what merit badges are you
lacking? do you know what paperwork must be filed? do you know how long it
takes to process the paperwork?
Instead, most of what I heard was "Why aren't you working on your Eagle?" or
"When are you going to start working on your Eagle?" I also became discouraged
ney a member of our troop committee (the first scoutmaster I had...a 15 year
vetran of camp staffs) asked me about working on eagle, asked me if I had a
certain badge, and referred me to another committe member. Although I know he
could have counseled several merit badges I didn't have, I felt as thought
the general attitude was "I want you to make eagle, but I don't want it to take
any of my time."
True, part of the "Unwritten requirements" is that the scout take the
initiative to get stuff done, but like lots of other stuff, when you get
discouraged, if there isn't someone there to reassure you that you can do what
needs to be done, it is all too easy to quit. Unlike others, I didn't quit
scouting, I quit working on stuff for eagle. A "Kick in the Butt" ASM
might have kept me working on stuff for eagle.
Yes, I sometimes regret that I didn't make eagle, but people usually assume
that I did. Many people have to be told several times that I'm not an eagle,
however, many of them still come to me to ask questions about Scouts, often
forgetting that my old roommate, who had about the experience that I did and
was an eagle, could have just as easily answered my question.
Remember, not being an eagle will not stop you from being a good scout leader,
or from moving up the scouting leadership chain. Ben Love, our Chief Scout
Executive, only made Life Scout (and as I recall when I met him in 1988 at
Philmont, the only knots he had on his uniform were OA distinugished service
award and either an Arrow of Light or a Professional Training award).
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin ASM T-551, Galien, MI.(LaSalle Council)
Central Michigan University Alpha Phi Omega (Epsilon Beta Chapter)
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