Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Mon, 10 Oct 1994 13:22:40 -0500
Well -- I am sure everyone knows I do not break rules. So --- do I
break kids? Never.
However, 1st --- the D.E. has no say in the advancement program of
your district and/or council. 2nd - I suggest you transfer the finished
activities to the Webelos pins, and badge where appropriate, keeping
in mind that many of our advancement requirements (even some for
Eagle) are exactly the same, the difference being in the
"grade-specific" depth of skill attainment. Ex: Webelos (please
everyone, do not leave off the S in Webelos, the word means we will be
loyal Scouts, not loyal ........) Scouts learn "hurry up first aid"
designed to enable the boy to react in an emergency, but simply first
aid situation........first aid merit badge requires far more extensive
knowledge of saving someone's life ...... an Eagle Scout would be
expected to easily perform lifesaving skills.
Thus -- as someone already stated-- don't put that boy back into the
2nd grade category with his newly forming friends in his Webelos den,
but transfer his achievements into the 4th grade Web. program.
It has been done over and over, that the boy gets misinformation on
the advancement trail, so it is not the first, nor the last. I would
have recommended you call your district advancement chairman (who HAS
the reponsibility of the advancement for all programs) and if that did
not help, contact the Council Advancement chair. Crossing into the
"pro" field, negates the need for volunteers in a volunteer program.
I know your young scout can be made to feel proud of his jump on his
4th grade Web. program --- give him the chance NOT to be a 2nd grader.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City