SCOUTING for BOYS ?
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Fri, 7 Aug 1992 16:30:13 EDT
I have rently reviewed some NEW letters, flyers and pamflets from
various sources concerning international scouting. Many people
on this list seem to emphasize that scouting is a program for the
youth. Well, I wonder if that is true? In other parts of the
world SCOUTING appears to be a program for everyone! (forget
the boys versus girls issue, I am mostly looking at ages)
We expect that BSA runs a program to prepare youth for roles
as adults, then what? It seems that International scouting
takes SCOUTING beyond just youth, and helps young adults with
social skills, and personal development in society. Why is
BSA, or at least those that seem to use the arguement, "REMEBER
scouting is for the BOYS (youth)"?
It seems that there is nearly as much or MORE emphasis on ADULT leader
training, National Camps shools, commisioner colleges, Wood Badge,
SMF, fast start, etc. etc. etc. TO me all these programs, seems
to indicate the personal development can (and SHOULD) continue as long
as you are in the scouting programs. There is always NEW training in
new cold weather concepts, or new health and safty regulations etc.
Sure with out the overall first goal to provide the YOUTH a quality
program, there would be no need for all the leader training. However,
I think people that try to say that scouting is for the youth, are
missing more than HALF of scouting. In my days as a youth from 8 to 16
was about it, 8 years of programs, then I became a Junior Assistant SM
from 16-18, and an ASM at 18. You may want to call that 10 years as
a youth. However, as and "ADULT" over 18 at least, I can count about
25 years of service and training. In those 25 years, I have been to
at least 200 round tables, plus POW WOW's, OA LEADER training, CUB
leader training, WEB DEN leader training, SCOUT leader TRAINING,
Comissioners COllege, University of Scouting, National OA conferences
and probably learn more well on training staff, than while on the
Bottom line, I have to think that I have gained far more "training"
for my adult life, while a designated "ADULT" scouter, than in the
8 to 10 years that I was having FUN, as a CUB, SCOUT and EXPLORER.
I just though I would toss this in while I was digesting about
other comments and waiting for refernces to update and correct
facts as related to the youth programs. I wonder how much real
"MAN power" goes into YOUTH programs as compared to ADULT "programs"
counting all the NATIONAL level and local ADULT training?
my two cent thought for the week.
don i, scouting since '57
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City