Environmental Science tragedy
Bart M Voyce +1 201 386 4632 (bart@FUWUTAI.ATT.COM)
Tue, 26 Jul 1994 18:51:00 GMT
>From: Rex Goode <rexg@IMS.COM>
>Subject: Environmental Science tragedy
>So now, a year later, when Bob is finally showing some real interest
>in advancing, I'm wondering what can be done. Should we make him
>redo Environmental Science? We don't have a counselor signed up
>to counsel it. This year he didn't take it at camp. He still believes
>he shouldn't have to. If we determine that he must redo it to get
>it, how do I convince him and his parents. I, personally, would have
>no problem calling it done. The report he had written was very good.
>I know he did the study and he went home with a partial to verify
>that he did everything else. What to do?!
The FIRST phrase of the Scout Oath is "On my honor". The FIRST word of the
Scout law is "Trustworthy". A scout must learn what these words mean, and
here is a good lesson to teach it.
Last Friday, at the end of our troop's week in camp, one Scout, Joe
Ferrara, said he completed his Swimming merit badge, but received a
partial. Before we left camp on Saturday, I took him to the office to view
the records. The requirement that was not checked off required his
participation on Thursday, to which Joe said he was there, and should have
been marked present. Since the counselor for that badge had already left,
the staff in the office said "On your honor as a Scout, were you there for
that class?" Joe said "Yes", and the waterfront director signed the
completed merit badge.
This is a powerful message to tell a Scout: "On your word alone, I'll
believe you." A scout who understands this, and abides by this, is halfway
to becoming an Eagle.
It is not too late. Find a counselor who understands this, and have
him/her sign off on the badge. Then this can become a lesson for everyone
in the troop on the meaning of the word "Trust".
.../Bart Voyce, aka Joe Scout
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City