Re: Eagle before 13? (Keeping boys involved)
Bob Sargeant (SARGEANT@CUA.EDU)
Sat, 24 Sep 1994 23:47:06 -0400
I just read your posting concerning scouts who are active in sports and
the scheduling problem that that causes. I believe that scouts should encourage
involvement by our boys in other activities. In my former troop we viewed
sports, school activities, and church activities to be natural extentions of
the scouting program. We maintained contact with the boy while he was "in
season" and made it plan that he was not involved on meeting night we wanted
him to come to the troop meeting. We found these other involvement valuable
to the troop in strenthening scout and school spirit. It is a real plus for
the troop to be able to claim that football player as one of their own. It
also makes being a scout a bit more fashionable at school when the school
government officer is a scout.
In terms of time management, it is a real plus. The experience helps the
boy to work through the issues of multiple involvements. In active areas like
northern Virginia (just outside Washington, DC) adults have to be able to manage
multiple involvements. What better place to learn how to work the issue throug
hthan in Scouts?
While I am a strong believer in the scouting movement, I know that we are
not the end all and be all in the life of a youth.
Yours in Scouting, Bob Sargeant, DC for GW Dist., NCAC, BSA. The "old Fox".
Opinions are mine in the scouting spirit.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City