Re: Environmental Sc...
Susan Ganther (susan@GIBBS.OIT.UNC.EDU)
Sun, 24 Jul 1994 20:55:00 -0400
On Fri, 22 Jul 1994 NorMac4101@AOL.COM wrote:
> Garen -
> Why should the youngster have to "learn a hard lesson" and be required to
> re-do the report? He was not involved in the incident that precipitated the
> raid on his campsite, and he Leader had already reviewed the report. Where is
> the fairness in forcing him to do the work over?
I think the idea here is to let the Scout know that even if it doesn't
seem fair, sometimes you just have to get the job done in spite of
unforseen adversity. Everyone has to deal with it at some time or other,
and what we expect of them in these situations will set the tone for them
in deciding how they are going to deal with it later in life.
Imagine asking the government to forget asking you to file your tax
return because you did it, someone saw you do it, and it is not your
fault the neighbor's dog got into the mailbox and ate it. We all know
that in that situation we would have to ask for an extension of time and
do the tax return over again. OK, this situation is different in that the
report is not needed for any purpose other than the experience of doing
it, and once done the experience has been gained, BUT, he has not yet
experienced meeting the requirement to completion, and following thru and
facing and dealing with the situation may NOW be more important a lesson
than the material he was studying to do the report.
A similar experience happened to my son, he had reached tenderfoot and
then transferred to another troop after we moved to another state. His
transfer record took almost a year, and rather than getting upset that
the new troop would not accept the fact that he was wearing a tenderfoot
badge as proof of his advancement lest they jeopardize his future
acceptance of advancement by the local council, he just said, "No problem,
I already know what I need to know to do the requirements, I'll just do
them again." He made tenderfoot again at least 4 months before his
transfer record arrived. This attitude and approach will be much more
fruitful for the Scout needing the environmental science badge, than the
expectation of fairness will ever be. We are trying to help them grow
into men, not protecting them from life's little stinkpiles.
Check up on him and make sure he does not get too discouraged, and after
he earns the badge, give him some recognition for the extra effort
required on his part. Don't forget to let the troublemakers know the part
they played in this little drama, maybe they will learn something from it
Sometimes you just have to take the bull by the horns, other times you
just have to take the bull.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City