Re: Eagle before 13?
Rodger Morris (rlm@SUNED1.NSWSES.NAVY.MIL)
Mon, 26 Sep 1994 18:34:26 PDT
>Ok, I can't help but put my two cents into this topic.
>Regarding wether or not to be active in the community ie LL BBall etc.. and
>Scouts. And I'll try to tie it into the 13 year old part too.
My Troop has the following coping mechanisms to deal with school and sports:
1) Academics come before Scouting. Failure to attend a Scouting event
because of an academic commitment is a reason, not an excuse. Just try to
let us know in advance, and if possible, get an alternate to cover for you
if you have any patrol/Troop responsibilities.
2) Sports rank co-equal with Scouting. If you show up in uniform after
practice, make sure you bring street shoes with you, so as not to scar up
the meeting room floors. We understand if you show up late due to an
3) Weekend campouts during soccer season (the _really_ big youth sport in
our area) will normally be held with a 1-2 hour driving distance from home.
Come on up after your game is over and you can at least put in one night of
weekend camping with the Troop, instead of none.
4) We encourage Scouts to go for Athletics, Sports and Personal Fitness
merit badges during sports seasons.
I have a Star Scout in freshman football. He has been inactive since school
started this month. He tells me he'll be back active when the high school
football season ends at the end of the first week in November. The same
applies to my younger Scouts who are in soccer.
The only obvious exception is a First Class Scout of mine who is currently
active in both freshman football and league soccer. I haven't seen him at a
meeting for 5 months. Like as not, I'll lose him after having held him for
only 3 years.
In the meantime, I tailor my program to the boys who show up during sports
seasons. Also, I find that some activities will bring them out in droves,
soccer or no soccer. One was when we had a "1 hour notice campout" to go see
the space shuttle land at Edwards Air Force Base, in case the shuttle
diverted there. Got half the Troop for that one. :-)
We also have one Sunday afternoon a month set aside for "Trail to First
Class" instruction. All AYSO soccer games in our area are held on Saturdays.
We don't have a "magic bullet" for sports absences of our Scouts, but we
manage to muddle through pretty well in spite of that.
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City