Re: Too Many Toys (Handbook)
or blackeagle ("Settummanque)
Wed, 17 Jun 1992 10:11:00 EDT
Congrats to all Woodbadgers working on their tickets!
The past couple of entries on this topic seem to tell me two things about the
Handbook and the Woodbadge Courses....that first, the Woodbadge Scoutmasters
and their staffs are not aware (and they *should be*) of the change in format
contained withing the BSH.....and the other thing, that the Handbook is hard
for a new Scout to handle.....but so is the Fieldbook.
David's comment based on British Scouting handbooks does have some merit. I
have in my library the Scout Handbook as well as the Standard and Challenge
and Adventure Books (rank progressions for Scouts in that nation). I do use
those illustrations, which are for the most part, line drawings, in many of
the BSA presentations I do....
....however, in the USA, we have succumbed to the pressure we see from youth
that do not want to read the book and find out "why we tie the bowline";
rather, "how to do it so I can get the badge". The older books have step-by-
step progression/advancement requirements listed on that page. As all of you
know by now, the BSA decided that for its first three ranks (Tenderfoot,
Second and First Class) that ALL THREE can be worked on simulatanously. There
is no manditory "service requirement " ( "Be active in your Troop and Patrol
for X months since becoming Y Scout") any more....this has been replaced by
participation in a certain number of outdoor events and activities (which, for
Tenderfoot, can be accomphished over a weekend...in other words, a Scout can
become Tenderfoot in a weekend's campout; a Tenderfoot can become Second Class
within a month and a half since coming into the Troop (or less if the
five "troop/patrol activities including two overnight camping events" happen
in the same month; and Second Class Scouts can become First Class within three
months of joining a Troop ( the "ten activities including three overnight camps
" is isnce the Scout JOINED, not since becoming Second Class, as so many
Again, the entire premis of the present Scout Handbook is that "you can do
it all, just like the Scouts in these pictures as quickly as you can do it".
That, David and Mas, is the rationale for the "high adventure" stuff and other
things in the book. This is so that as we "crank them out" and make Scouts
First Class, we hope to continue to spur them onward to Eagle by offering those
extra events and activities.
Do I agree with this new premise??? Not on your life!!! Is it working??
Well.......in some places, its slowed down advancement because at 11 or 12
years old, Scouts are confused("Do I work toward First Class or toward
Tenderfoot") ("Can I force my patrol to do these things so that I can earn
Second Class next month??") and so are the Scouters that grew up under
such a rigid program ("Before you can earn First Class, you have to earn
Second Class...now you tell me that Scouts can in essence, skip the skills
for Second Class and contrentrate on the First Class Scout requirements??
Which higher-than-a -kite professional came up with THIS stupidity??")
(yes, you can work strictly on the First Class requirements, since the three
ranks build upon the previous skills, not like in the past where joining
simple citizenship and skills were taught for Tenderfoot, hiking, cooking
and first aid for Second class, and camping, swimming, nature and community
living, and leadership was taught for First Class. )
In other places, it has sped up advancements and some Councils are actually
reporting an marked increase in the number of Scouts making it to First Class
(now a tracking item for National...), as well as the number of Scouts making
it to Eagle. So the book and the newness about it has to have *some* positive
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City