Re: APO BSA Split
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Thu, 29 Oct 1992 18:31:56 CST
I have been also following this problem on APO-L the past couple of weeks
and see their thought pattern for wanting to do this. I wrote then that
althought they are not satisfied with the way the BSA is moving toward,
that a split would definately end traditional reasons why Scouts and
Explorers become APO members. Also, there is really NO way that APO cannot
say that they evolved from the former Scouts that formed the service
fraternity years and years ago.
For every fifteen good experiences I've had with the BSA in my long tenure,
there were only a few bad ones. We remember the bad ones because they hurt.
In our collective membership, we can find many "hurt" things wrong with our
program...but the hugs and thank-yous overshadow them manyfold.
APO is made up of people that value the positive value of service, and that
values the good in all. This is why we accept anyone that wants to come and
help us build friendship, service and leadership on our campuses and in the
community. The BSA, on the other hand, is wanting to hold on to the values
that are slowly being eroded, not because of public pressure, but rather
because the parents of today (the youth of the "changin' 60s" and the
"me 70s" are no longer stone figures, drinking down everything they hear and
moving onward. They are questioning the authority and veracity of everything
they hear and see.
And *that* is the major reason why the BSA has had difficulties with "promoting
the product" in the past six years.
Keith, I look at the BSA to change its program to accommodate a larger
segment of our population. Don't give up....just because APO don't want to
be around to see it, don't mean that we all need to find other organizations!
BTW...I personally admire and respect ANYONE that can get a full Pack, Troop
or Post Committee and ALL of the leadership recruited and trained in one
full swoop....I know that we can talk them into it, but when parents bring
their kids to our meetings, they expect NOT to be involved in the process.
This stems again, from the personal experience of the parents as kids. Mom
or Dad took them to a activity, dropped them off at the door and said "I'll
be back to pick you up later" (Mine did). Only at the awards ceremony did
you see a majority (not all, because there were some that didn't come then
to see their kid get recognized!) of the parents.
I'll write about that later on!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City