Re: HEAD in the sand observations
Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Fri, 11 Oct 1991 14:54:05 EDT
On Fri, 11 Oct 1991 10:40:18 EDT Don Izard said:
> I am very surprised by the number of "I havn't seen it so it must not
> be a problem" responces I have gotten about the combined problem of
> TWO year WEBELOS and the scouts FIRST CLASS emphasis program! I
> have observed this problem! It exhists! If you want the names
> ..... stuff deleted
> the sand, read your own program goals! What did you expect to
> happen if some fired up leaders and WEBELOS really did use the
> program? Now someone did? SO what is next?
> Don Izard
Yes Don it does exist. The question is whether it is a problem.
Our last years Webelos now < 8 months in the troop represent most of the
1st class scouts in the troop. Of the boys who began the program when
the troop formed 2 years ago, only 1 is first class, of the Webelos
who entered in Feb/March most are 1st class. The SPL, ASPL and 2 of
3 patrol leaders are from the Webelos group and the ASPL and SPL
already have enough badges for star. Frankly I am concerned.
One problem that I spoke about last night is the counting of
requirements completed as Webelos to count for T, 2nd and 1st
class requirements. A troop with "high" standards will ask the boy
to demonstrate that he really knows his stuff. Others (ours) say
if you got your READYMAN in the 4th grade then you must know all
your T, 2nd and 1st class first aid (except triangular bandages,
2 man carries and CPR). But what if the Activity badge councelor
covers the 1st class stuff as well (in the 4th grade) then
you meet all the 1st class req. I say retrain/retest.
You can do it in games and contests, but it prevents this mad
head long rush to 1st class while not limiting the boys who
are both able and motivated.
Just one WDLs opinion. I did make this point last night when I
spoke to the joint Cub/BOy roundtable and no one disagreed including
Socks Brewster who disagrees with every speaker on something.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City