Re: The Bobcat
My Name (crenn@HPMPEA2.CUP.HP.COM)
Wed, 10 Nov 1993 10:48:53 PST
>From: Peter Van Houten <peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM>
>Why pin the Bobcat badge on upside down in the first place?
>Yes, doing a good turn is a quality we want to install in our Bobcats, BUT it
>is something we want to install in all our Cub Scouts to do
>continually...freely...without recognition or payment. Doing good to others
My $.02. We often make the mistake of expecting children to be
miniature adults. In fact, they are not. They are learning and growing
into responsible members of society, but they lack basic skills we take
for granted as adults. I know from experience that my boys will walk over
an article of clothing or a book on the floor a hundred times and not pick
it up. I pick it up the first time I pass it with my hands free.
The boys aren't lazy or stupid. It simply never enters their
minds to do that. They haven't learned the skill (read "habit"). In
scouting, a lot of what we do is successful because the boys have reminders
built in to implant the habit. With Bobcat or Tenderfoot scouts, the
assumption is that they are new to the program and need information and
reminders to use the program. This is the function of traditions like the
upside-down pin. It's simply a training aid and a reminder. It goes away
after the first time and doesn't reappear every time a new rank is acheived.
It's not a crutch, just a helping hand.
San Jose, CA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City