Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Fri, 19 Feb 1993 13:21:07 CST
Don, I haven't seen any other replys on the list but wanted to share my
experience when we talked about your suggested board of review guidelines
at our last scout roundtable.
We got hung up on the attend one summer camp in two years. It seems that
in our council, once you have been to summer camp there is little
incentive to return so the older scouts don't go and thus would not
While I think we may have a problem at summer camp, I do question whether
summer camp is a good measure. I would suggest some overall measure like
participation in at least 50 percent of the troop activities including
meetings, camping and service. The specific combination could be left up
to the individual.
I am a strong believer in summer camp, but remember several boys from my
"youth" troop who could not attend summer camp because of family obligations
or some other "equivalent" reason. They did virtually everything else and
in my opinion more than met the requirements for scout spirit. But, under
your guidelines they would not qualify.
I would prefer to see something that says evaluate scout spirit by evaluating
whether the scout is one you would be pleased to identify as a scout;
evaluate scout participation by evaluating whether the scout met the
committments he made to the unit and other scouts. I have difficulty when
one tries to quantify these measures. Sure, it's nice to have clear,
objective criteria; I just don't think it works very well.
What I have used in the past is to ask the scout whether he felt he met the
criteria and if so, how. If I didn't agree, we usually got around to the
scout identifying his short comings in these areas and agreed to meet in a
few weeks to see if things had changed. I never remember a problem with
this process but do remember one scout who decided that he really wasn't
committed to being a scout and left the troop. He went on to other good
things that better met his needs.
Enough of my thoughts, how about some other responses.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City