Re: Following the rules (?)
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Thu, 25 Feb 1993 12:41:43 CST
Having thought about the topic a bit more, I think boy's unit may be
operating back in the 50s and 60s. Back then, dens were not necessarily
divided by grade level. A boy who entered the program at age 9 had the
option of earning his wolf before earning the bear; a boy who entered at
age 10 could earn wolf and then bear before beginning lion. Everyone had
to start by earning bobcat. Effectively, one could start at any level and
earn the badges in order (but not earlier than the age level for the badge).
You just could not earn lion first and then go back to earn wolf or bear.
AOL was a short Boy Scout preparation program for 10-1/2 year olds. Many
of today's adult leaders grew up in that era and are familiar with that
progression. They don't realize that the program has changed and they just
need to be brought up to date! Of course, they may just be like some who
think it was better the old way and refuse to follow the current rules.
Reminds me of the Scout father who ditched his tent last summer because
that's what he learned as a boy. He was given the opportunity to purchase
and install new sod.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City