Re: Getting the boys to l
C. Findley (c.findley@GENIE.GEIS.COM)
Wed, 15 Jun 1994 06:24:00 UTC
> I agree that Scouts should not be penalised if they honestly try to
> resolve conflicting comitments. " A Scout is Loyal " - not only to
> Scouting but to the other commitments - sports team, family, school or
> whatever. OK, if a kid is always putting Scouting last then I might
> have a problem. But sometimes an " all or nothing " rule in not
> possible, particularly if you depend upon parents who have different
I agree. Scouts of mine understand that "who did you promise whom first" is
the rule. I don't make judgement calls. I make them do it, and they learn
from the decision process. That is what Scouting is largely about. I take
EVERY case as an individual. BP wasn't looking, from his writings, to be
made into a super-person, only to help the kids and his nation/world.
Likewise with my opinions on the badgework. As an example, I had a kid who
had done EVERYTHING on a VERY difficult badge for the age level, but was
mildly to moderately retarded. She did an EXCELLENT job on all of it for
ANY child, even though it took her half of forever. The last requirement
was simply beyond her capacity. Everyone did all they could to help her,
but she simply could not. I interviewed her extensively about the subject
matter at hand even though I knew how much the badge meant to her (policy
before giving out any badge, although it is usually ignored--I DO NOT IGNORE
IT FOR ANY SCOUT). She did wonderfully well for ANY child. I exercised
leader disgression and gave it to her. She had EARNED it.
I would also give more lieniency to a Scout who put effort into the program
than one who was there only because one of his/her parents was looking for a
sitter. Show me you care, and I'll help any way I can; but if you don't
care, is there really a good reason I should?
KEEP ON SCOUTING!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City