Re: Troop meeting content
RYAN KEIL (RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU)
Sat, 10 Sep 1994 00:56:10 -0600
On Wed, 7 Sep 1994, Paul H. Brown wrote:
> Some troops try to have fun; others want to be Eagle factories. IMO, the
> LDS/scouting merger has already taken most of the fun out, so becoming an
> Eagle factory is a good second choice. Working on merit badges during
> troop meetings is a better use of time than the alternative (basketball).
WHOA!!!!! There are a couple of implications in this posting to which I
think some response--public, not private--is warranted.
1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is comprised of many
units which are charter organizations of Scouting units and these units
do provide significant support to BSA functions--as do the Catholic
Church and the organization of Methodist churches, but no church
is/has/was/will MERGE with BSA.
2. The second implication is that LDS-sponsored units do little or
nothing more than play basketball. This simply and bluntly is not true
of all units, and the implication is unwarranted, inappropriate, and--in
the verbiage used--of no use or purpose in this medium. If a
leader/advisor of a unit--any unit, LDS or not, or a parent of a member
of a unit feels that the unit's program is not in line with BSA policy,
program, purpose, ideals, or those of the sponsoring institution, that
person has a right, even an obligation, to bring that issue to unit
leader's attention, the committee, the COR. However, to toss it out in
this convention is to invite a discussion better held elsewhere [ read:
scouts.rec newsgroup ].
I will not say more on this subject to the list. My apologies if I
offend anyone with this posting, but I felt the public "abuse" warranted
Ryan Keil, BEAR-ly Scoutin'
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City