Ethics in Action
Charles Schmidt (schmidt@UNIX1.IS.TCU.EDU)
Thu, 7 Jul 1994 09:21:43 CDT
Some time ago Jon Dixon inquired about "Ethics in Action" and, while
several replies were offered, one interesting piece was not mentioned.
My knowledge of the subject is not complete, but here is what I know.
The program was originally developed by a council in Minnesota in
conjunction with the Univ. of Minnesota and resulted in the publication
of several paperback books and some videos.
These were available for a while, but now out of print (I think). The
Boy Scout books were called "DELTA" which means Developing Ethical
Leadership through Action (or something like that) and one was a series
of stories which were to be read and then discussed following the
guidelines in the book. The other was a series of initiative games
designed to teach teamwork and decision making. There were also two
books for the Cub Scout program. I have them at home and just didn't
think to bring them in today to get the particulars right. All are
excellent and would be a great resource for troop or pack program.
What has happened to the contents is that the games and stories are
being integrated into various other programs, most notably the new
junior leader training program. You might recognize the dilema of the
patrol leader who has to solve the problem of a scout who refuses to do
kp when asked.
The video tape, called "Ethics in Action" is really very good, and
should be available at council offices (don't know the cat. number). It
has two parts. The first depicts a family picnic and talks about the
characteristics of each age group and about what kind of
responsibilities they can assume and how they relate to adults. The
second is one of the stories acted out with a guided discussion
following. I have used this tape in training sessions several times
with good results. The first part is particularly useful.
I learned about this program at a Philmont Training Center course on
Training, but have heard of it nowhere else. There is a small document
called Ethics in Action, but it isn't the same thing at all. If any
interest develops, I will post the names and publication information
of the various books.
Charles Schmidt firstname.lastname@example.org
SM, Troop 64
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