Re: Troop 18's New "Eagle"
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Thu, 1 Sep 1994 00:55:43 -0400
You must be going through virtual hell. It can't be easy, when something
as terrible as this happens in your own backyard. I was active in
Scouting from age 8 in 1961 right through to 1981. Back then a District I
served in did somethings I didn't want to be associated with and I voted
with my feet and quit. Eight years later I started again when my son
joined Scouts and my wife insisted I become a leader. In retrospect, I
feel a tremendous sorrow for the years I missed working with Scouting and
the young people I might have been able to help along the way. I am also
sorry for what I missed and the friends I might have had.
At the time it felt pretty good to let my anger take the lead. But that
is pretty transitory and the long term is much different.
I would hate to see a good Scouter like yourself make the same mistake,
because you'll have to live with knowing that you abandoned the other
Scouts and always wonder if things might have turned out differently for
one of them if he'd had a Scout program to stay in.
We don't have much time to help these kids along the way and every pat on
the back, every atta boy, every pride-swollen moment of advancement, and
every learning experience counts. Sounds to me like the Scouts need you
now more than ever. And if you do quit, what lesson have they learned?
Take a moment to think of what things are really valuable in life. Should
we allow the poor judgments of others put a stop to the good we can and
should do? And who is going to be hurt by you're quitting? Somehow, I
don't think that the dramatic gesture will change much or be remembered 10
years down the road. But I can tell you that each of the boys you help
will remember you 10 years down the road. Think about it.
In either case, know that you have the support of many of us out here on
the list and that you are not alone.
Yours in Scouting, Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
Deputy District Commissioner Exploring, GW Dist., NCAC, BSA
Speaking only for myself, but with Scouting Spirit . . .
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