Re: Stats, etc.
Fred Rogers (fredrogers@VNET.IBM.COM)
Wed, 17 Nov 1993 15:00:42 EDT
Don, I certainly agree with what your posting. I've seen the same
thing at OA functions. We are are getting more and more 12-year olds
in the OA and most of them are lacking in skills. I'm also afraid that
the OA is going to lose many of its older scouts if the trend
continues. The older scouts used to enjoy OA because everyone there
had the basic skills and could take care of himself. There was work to
be done, but it could be done by all as equals. That is no longer the
Don mentions the need for a new program for 12 and 13 year olds. I'm
afraid that, if current trends continue, we will end up with the
venture program for 12 and 13 year olds. The trend that I see is to
move every thing down to a younger and younger age group.
At the Jamboree this year I had 12 year olds in my troop. Most of them
were not ready for the experience. I had talked to the parents of some
of them and tried to convince them to wait four years and go as a
16-year old, but they wouldn't listen. In fact, the oldest scouts in
our Jamboree troop were 15. At the Jamboree I met Star Scouts who were
only eleven years old!!!
So many of these scouts who are trying to get everything done at such
at early age are missing so much of what they should be getting out of
the program. When I, as a Scoutmaster, hold a scout back on
advancement to give him time and guidance to mature a little more, I
catch all kinds of trouble from parents who see their son as the
exceptional one who is ready to be a Star Scout at 12 (or 11 or 13 or
whatever). Nevermind that the kid does not have the maturity to ask
his Scoutmaster the time of day.
Enough. I'm starting to ramble and the bitterness is showing through.
I've said before (and undoubtedly will again) that the First Class in a
year is wrong and based on statistics that can be interpreted and
misinterpreted in many ways.
Scoutmaster, Troop 30
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City