Re: Distinguished Ast SM Award
Fred Rogers (fredrogers@VNET.IBM.COM)
Mon, 9 May 1994 12:35:09 EDT
On Mon, 9 May 1994 10:18:01 EST, Nathan Brindle <NBRINDLE%INDYCMS.BITNET@pucc.Pr
> On Mon, 9 May 1994 07:01:03 EDT Fred Rogers said:
> I think what this means is that
> National OA is simply going to have to put a lower age limit on eligibility.
> 13 sounds reasonable to me. I know I'm just going to start this argument
> back up again ("Some boys have the maturity at 12 that others don't have
> at 14!"), but durn it, if we use OA as a tool to keep older boys interested
> (as we do with high adventure, Venture scouting, COPE, various summer camp
> activities restricted to boys 13 & older, etc.), then we should consider
> how they feel about 11 and 12 year old boys coming into something they
> <really> aren't prepared for. A boy who has been to summer camp ONCE
> and made up the rest of his camping requirement just be being active
> is not (IMHO) an honor camper--yet. Give him another year and some more
> high adventure/long term camping first.
Complete agreement. I've had the experience of accepting Webelos into
the troop after they got their Arrow of Light at the February Blue and
Gold Banquet. One of them managed to become eligible for OA the
following spring and, because we had so many young scouts who did not
understand the nature of OA, he was elected.
Fred Rogers <email@example.com>
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City