Re: patch trading
(no name) ((no email))
Fri, 15 Nov 1991 11:30:00 EDT
This is to continue on Kathie's statement that "what goes around comes around"
with regard to Scouting changing and then reversing itself.....
Between 1973 and 1976, *traditional* Scoutmasters all over rebelled at the
"improved Scouting program". Scouts like myself that were used to going camping
once a month with a patrol or with the Troop were suddenly slowed down by the
advancement-intensive program that did not emphasize outdoor living or the
enjoyment of the great outside. Scouting was looking for Scoutmasters, stating
in one place that "you don't have to take them outside...just meet with them in
Clearly, we saw that Scouting's new intent was to appeal to ALL boys in ALL
cities and towns and under ALL situations....which is NOT the case even in
Scouting's earlier days....and that "new intent" was to try to show that you
did NOT have to be a "camper, cooker, hiker and swimmer" to become A Scout.
So, under intensive pressure, the "Scout Handbook" was rewritten...emphasizing
outdoor skills and more self-reliance in the out of doors (starting with the
requirement that the swim test for first class, eliminated under the first
"improved scouting program", be included in the First Class requirements in
1976 and then the overhaul in 1977.....)and the ALL OUT FOR SCOUTING! program
in 1976-77 starting with Operation Launch.
Green Bar Bill's guidance to local Scout Execs in the implementation of the
called for ALL of the "operations" (seven total...) be conducted in the OUTDOOR
S..where Scouting is conducted. The New Scout Handbook reflected that outdoor
feeling....but yet, we were not quite back to where we were before 1973.
(I am at a residence hall this morning....and the phone rings constantly for the
Area coordinator (me) and a parent's visitation is set for....right now!!)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City