Re: My way of adressing this interesting challenge
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Thu, 24 Feb 1994 18:38:38 EST
Edward Rogers <erogers@PPPL.GOV> writes:
>It is clear that the young man you describe is not the type of role model
>that any Scoutmaster should present to young scouts. In my opinion he does
>not possess the qualities that define a Scout, never mind an Eagle. What
>happend to him living up to the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in his
I tend to disagree with you, Eddy! What I read here is not a
"terrible role model", but rather a "frustrated role model". Follow.
First, I think that this kid has been given a set of personal
setbacks. While we can both argue whether or not those setbacks were
caused by his lack of good judgement, an impairment, or other factors,
I think that we can agree that it SEEMS that he is trying to better
himself. Surely, Scouting should be a part of the betterment process.
Second, the fact that he fathered a child before he was married *may*
be a factor, but there are many adults that had children before they
were married and that fact did NOT make them poor role models nor
poor Scouters. I feel that the fact that he got married instead of
doing what many young, scared, and irresponsible boys do...run away...
speaks highly of him.
Even if he was "forced" to marry her by both or one set of parents.
Finally, I feel that what this kid wants to do is to have some sort of
"normalcy" in his life, and he remembered Scouting as being a part of
it. Unfortunely, he has "outgrown" the Boy Scouting experience and
needs a more adult-like setting in which to continue his march toward
Eagle. He (should) will find this in an Explorer Post, with adults
outside of his or her parents that he can further model from. His
wife can also serve as a member of the Post, which will give them and
the newborn child a group outlet so many "emerging families" need and
don't have (or seek).
>Tell him that his priorities and energy should go to his new family,
>his education, and an occupation. You will be doing him, his family, and
>your troop a big favor by asking him to get on with his life outside of
Exploring will allow him, Eddy, to do all of those and more. With the
improvements in his self-esteem, he will be encouraged to continue to
earn his GED (this could be one of the personal goals I mentioned
about in the requirements for the Exploring Achievement Award) in
addition to his Eagle requirements; the Post will allow him and his
wife to explore a new career area or to learn that there's much out
there other than McDonalds and Wendy's; and his new family will be
together that one night of the week as that family unity and
togetherness is one key to keeping the family healthy.
So I disagree with you that he should NOT be involved in Scouting.
I don't think that he would work out in a Scout Troop...but in an
Explorer Post or Ship, I feel that he will find people close to his
age, close to his abilities and more important, more adult-like
experiences that he can focus on and excel in.
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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