Re: SCOUTING for BOYS ?
Bjarne Steensgaard (rusa@DIKU.DK)
Sat, 8 Aug 1992 15:27:17 +0200
Don Izard raises the question of whether scouting is for the youth or
is for all ages. In my opinion, scouting is for the youth, but
certainly gives something to people of all ages involved in scouting.
I have a tendency to divide adults in scouting into two categories:
those that spend most of their (scouting) time with the kids, and
those that spend most of their time with other adults in scouting. I
believe that there is (and should be) a vast majority of the former.
The latter are however those that are heard the most.
The man power spent training the first category is almost directly
spent on the kids. The leaders can take their newly acquired
abilities, information, skits, etc. and use them with the kids. I do
therefore not view this man power as going solely to the adult program
even though the adults may learn a lot. The man power spent training
the second category does not directly help the kids, but of course it
may indirectly improve the program. The man power spent on this
category is almost solely put into the adult program.
I believe that both categories of adults in scouting are needed, but I
have some reservations with respect to the second category. Some
scouters belonging to this category seem to have forgotten that
scouting is for the youth. When they do this, they could just as well
be in a mason lodge or any other organization with long traditions.
Scouting gives them the outer settings they need, but they are in my
eyes no longer first class (and I don't mean the rank) scouts. You
are a first class scout when you really feel something for the kids.
You can also approach completely unknown scouts (maybe even from
another country) and almost immediately start talking about summer
camp, weekend trips, your usual program, etc.
Just my 0.02 DKK worth.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City