Knots, one last time.
Jon D. Lyksett (jlykset@EIS.CALSTATE.EDU)
Thu, 8 Oct 1992 13:04:35 -0700
To Mike, Kathy, Troy, and everyone else on the list.
My last post stirred up some very salient points about the issue of knots
and I'm glad it did. I do, though, apologize for my seeming "attack" on
Mike's preference to wear his patches and knots. Like I said, I have a
plain shirt that I tend to wear when the boys are around, and my Christmas
Tree that I wear when I'm picking up that check that Kathy talked about.
It's good for stimulating conversation and has on more than one occasion
been responsible for recruiting volunteers.
On another note, this thread has opened another one on making people feel
welcome at events. There is also one running on 'discipline' issues. I
deal with "at-risk" youth in my professional life and know from experience
that concreteness in addressing problems tends to be the best policy.
When dealing with Scouting youth in a discipline situation, my first (and
usually only) step is to 'time-out' the boy and tell him he can rejoin the
group when he can tell me what point of the Scout Law is involved in his
misbehavior. The boys are getting real good at two things: knowing the
principles of the Scout Law and staying out of trouble.
Thanks again, friends, for a fruitful discussion, bereft of the nastiness
that seems to reign over on rec.scouting.
District Chairman, Santa Paula District, Ventura County Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City