Re: Change and the BSA
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Wed, 24 Jun 1992 09:10:44 CDT
Wow! You certainly got on your bandwagon, and thus I need to also.
1. Red berets in the numbers of councils I work with are well received (by
the boys, I personally hate them), and in fact I have been present when
groups of boys asked that they be able to use the berets as part of their
official uniform. So much for that point. Boys like them in many places,
and we adults and our opinions on this one simply do not make much
2. Field testing of programs - I see that you served on a national
committee, however, there are numbers of national committees, and I
seriously doubt that you got a full and complete report of the activities
of them all. It is fact that programs are field tested and volunteers ARE
asked for their input. I personally (and Northeast Illinois Council where
I was then living and working in Scouting) participated in a number of such
field tests, and we (volunteers) did have input, and changes were made. In
fact, it still works -- we get a new program, we actually work it as
written, make notes on copies of the pages of the program, send to
national. If the changes are valid and confirmed across the country (by
volunteers) changes are made. Take a look at our Youth Protection program
as one example -- it is in the constant state of change, and SHOULD be
since we are the "policemen" but the guardians of our youth.
3. Our program IS youth led! AND National so states -- but over the
nation, our SCOUTMASTERS and adults do NOT BELIEVE. They give it lip
service, but in actual practise, nationwide, we are losing boys because
they are NOT ALLOWED to participate in planning and implementing
programming in the units that interests them. That is a fact. Sad but
true, and if it were not so true, we would NOT have programs like Venture
to try to force the older boy program to function.
One of the very important points we MUST stress to our leaders is that the
BOYS MUST LEAD -- however, they have not been taught how to in any part of
their life (that is our job) and thus need guidance and supervision.
Mike -- ever sit in on a board of review run completely by boys? I have
many, many times -- they are very hard on their own, and can easily get
carried away -- better we (the adults) learn to let the boys stand and lead
on their own, with full knowledge that caring and SKILLED adults are right
there, not to do the job for them, but to advise, and counsel.
More later. Have a good day -- a smile uses less muscles than a frown.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City