Response to your Tiger Cub Program note.
Lorne A. Dudley (DUDLEY2@QUCDN.QUEENSU.CA)
Fri, 5 Nov 1993 09:13:00 EST
On Thu, 4 Nov 1993, Jim Waldrep wrote:
> I appreciate Kathy's comments regarding the tiger cub program...
> I must say, however, that I am offended by the tone that Kathy used. I
> somehow got the idea that this list was a place to discuss ideas...
> This will be my last posting to Scouts-l although I will continue to read
> it. I know better than anyone my lack of education. I will get it from
> now on from the sidelines where it is safer...
> Jim Waldrep
> Cubmaster Pack 11
My reaction to the reply to your note was exactly the same.
But hang in there. I've been on the list for only a month
and have picked up a number of good ideas and picked up some
good contacts for future reference material.
We have our share of "officials" up North here, who are really good
at quoting chapter and verse from policies and rules. I guess there
are some who just do not go beyond the book and use good common sense
to react to the local situation and the dynamics of a particular
community environment. It sounds like you react well to the interests
of your group.
I personally think that a young person's individual outlook
on life is reasonably well formed by the age of 12. If your
group aids in that process by giving strong exposure to the scouting
ideals early in life, I don't think it's a horrendous loss if that
young person leaves the program at age 12 or 14, or whatever.
Most of our scouts leave the organization at the end of public school.
(Age 14.) Some carry on to the next level when they move on to high
school. Those that don't are still strongly involved in outdoor
programs. We get many comments from the high school officials
that our graduates stand out above the rest of the class in outdoor
activities and sports. They all seem to have a "Nice Guy" reputation
in their work with others.
In summary, I suggest that you could take that one opinion you received
as one of many varied opinions. Apply your own personal bias to the
validity of the opinion, and discard all or part of the response.
Hang in there ! I hope to see you on the list again.
Yours in Scouting
1st Bayridge Sea Scouts
C A N A D A
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City