Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@MIMICAD.COLORADO.EDU)
Tue, 23 Aug 1994 16:58:22 -0600
After about a month's absense from the list while I was away from my
internet access, I have returned to school and have full access to
stuff once again.
One of the weeks was spent at Lenhok'sin Trail Camp, a high-adventure
camp at the Goshen Scout Reservation (National Capital Area Council
summer camp location). It was a generally enjoyable experience
(despite having to hike down a trail that was 6-12 inches deep of
fast-running water in a heavy downpout and finding out that my pack
and sleeping bag stuff-sack were indeed NOT waterproof - guess that's
what they call learning from experience!) and I would recommend it to
anyone looking for a high-adventure experience (especially those in
the mid-Atlantic area).
Thought I'd throw in my $.02 on the bugler position as well, having
used it for Star (and perhaps Life, I don't remember for certain).
While there is definitely not as much leadership involved in Bugling
as in PL, ASPL, SPL, JASM, and those types of positions, I think it
definitely takes more than Scribe, Librarian, Historian, perhaps a
couple of others. You learn to deal with angry people very quickly
when as an 11-year-old you have to wake everybody up with Reveille
(sp?) - nobody realizes or cares that the bugler has to be up even
earlier to get ready to play, they just don't like having to wake up.
You also generally wind up playing a major role in organizing flag
ceremonies and such since you are in a lot of them and know how they
are supposed to work (which is often not true of the person who winds
up standing in front and doing the speaking part).
So I think that the Bugler position should remain a leadership
position for Star and perhaps Life, but not for Eagle. (This is
assuming that the leaders are properly using the bugler, though)
Generally, I would drop Bugler, Librarian, and Historian (and any
others of this nature - Scribe is supposed to act as secretary for the
PLC so if this happens it would be worthwhile) from the list for Life,
and then reduce the list to PL, ASPL, SPL, JASM, Crew Chief, and Troop
Guide (and any others that require direct leadership over other scouts
- note, I wouldn't put Den Chief in here) for Eagle. I think this
would help reduce the complaints about Eagles who don't have real
leadership experience and should still leave enough options that
everyone who needs the position for advancement can get one.
I'll step off my soapbox now and allow this longish posting to come to
ASM Troop 1046, Bowie, MD, NCAC
Eagle '85 Vigil '89
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City