Re: Scout mentality
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Mon, 19 Apr 1993 14:34:33 EDT
I think everyone learns everything better when you or another
leader or JL scout, "demostrates" or shows the proper way to
do any skill, rather than TELLING some one HOW.
Sometimes the SM or ASM will join in and DO IT WRONG, so the
scout doing the demo has to CORRECT the incorrect ADULT.
Ofter we have the scouts work as BUDDIES on a demo. One
talks, the other does, then they both can assist while the
recently trained attempt the new skill.
Practice makes perfect! Just ask Mike Curtis, if he is sorry
he had to do 6 hours of CPR in the past year. ASK Mike's dad,
who is NOW home from the hospital, and ALIVE, only because MIKE
was confident enough to correctly do CPR on his dad, after a
If I ever see another Scout Master sitting in a LAWN chair yelling
out instructions to confused young scouts, I have yet to decide
wether to TEST my liquid fuels training, (under the chair) or just
colapse the stinking chair (WITH HIM IN IT!).
If you have older scouts that think they don't need practice, have
them try some skill blind folded, and in a dark room! Turn on the
lights once in a while to tell who is PEEKING! When we go to camp
we often have the older scouts set up the kitche and COOK saturday
breakfast as a demo, and refresher. Then the rest of the meals
can be by patroll, or if at a small campout, rotate everyone thru
the kitchen crew, to include TWO adults on each shift!
It still gets me angry when I see any troop at a camporee or summer
camp running on the King and His court method. But at least they
are being supervised. I would not want to be the one that put ideas
in young scout heads, like a Boston Tea party, but I do remember
see one scout master on his cot, at the end of the boat docks one
summer camp morning. :) (it weren't me)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City