Re: Responibility--Teaching it now or later
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Mon, 30 May 1994 00:00:59 EDT
RYAN KEIL <RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU> writes:
>As we do the Citizenship series, do we ensure our youth understand the
>depth of their responsibility? It seems, not just from Kip's note, but
>from simply looking around, that a lot of adults aren't aware of their
>responsibility. I don't want to start a political bash, but do _we_ as
>adults involved in Scouting make a reaonable effort to be informed of what
>the issues are in our area? Do we know, or can we with relative ease find
>out whom to contact to express our views? Is this an appropriate topic
>for this list?
Ryan, it is an appropriate topic for discussion here.
We have to be careful, however, in talking with our Scouts about local
or national issues. On one hand, we must instill the idea of them
SEEKING ALL SIDES OF AN ISSUE AND THEN RESPONDING BASED ON WHAT THEY
KNOW. On the other hand, we need to give them the tools that they
will use later on so that they can reflect and apply what Scouting has
taught them to larger environments, like their community.
Once a quarter, our Patrol Leaders' Council set aside one meeting to
do those things that Scouts needed to do in order to earn the
Communcations Skill Award. While many of our Scouts have already
earned the belt loop, they again and again participate in the
discussion. The rules were simple. Using your resources, select a
local issue which of is some interest to you. The issue can be local
issue, a national issue, or even a host nation interest (Germany,
remember?) Come to the meeting prepared to present a short
presentation on what YOU feel is important and why and you have to
allow the YOUTH MEMBERS ONLY to "news conference you" (that's what it
was called..."news conference") and ask you questions about the issue
and you answer them as best as you can.
At that time, the US military command was instructing community
organizations NOT to have meetings or activities at regular locations
and to attempt to vary some of the meeting locations for security
reasons. Therefore, this time, we met in the lobby of the new middle
school and moved from there to the community room above the military
police station. While one interprising Scout was stating his
opinion about the security concerns, there were two military police
officers standing outside the door listening. One of them touched my
shoulder and asked if I was a high school speech teacher. "Nope,"
I said, "We're all Boy Scouts".
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