Re: Citizenship badges for foreign cub scouts
Jim Carter - HCI Project (hci@SKDAD.USASK.CA)
Wed, 2 Nov 1994 15:22:54 -0600
>I also have a couple of questions for our international scouters. Do you have
>something similiar to citizenship badges/activity pins in your scouting organi-
>zations? If so, how would you help a foreign citizen in your troops/packs to
>satisfy the requirements?
In Canada, both in Scouting and Guiding, badge requirenemts are more looked
at as general guidelines towards demonstrating proficiency in a certain
area rather than legalistic, contractual requirements.
Lord Baden-Powell wrote the following in Aids to Scoutmasters, "Our
standard for badge earning is not the attainment of a certain level of
quality of knowledge or skill, but the AMOUNT OF EFFORT THE BOY HAS PUT
INTO ACQUIRING SUCH KNOWLEDGE OR SKILL. This brings the most hopeless case
on a footing of equal possibility with his more brilliant or better-off
Thus it is more important to meet the intent of the requirement than to
meet one particular example of the intent as worded in the requirement.
This is not to say that we flaunt the requirements, which we do not. In
most cases the requirements have been developed to suggest activities or
achievements that are very achievable by most youth in the "typical age
group"[*] served by the program. But it is to say that we have to be
prepared to adapt the requirements where necessary for the good of the
youth who has responded to the Cub motto to "Do Your Best".
[*] We also use "typical age group" as the basis for membership in a given
section of the program as opposed to legal age. Thus, the issue that
involved considerable messages in the early summer about automatic
advancement of a youth is a non-issue for us. Typical age considers that a
- of the appropriate maturity to handle the section. Thus I have seen a
group with a 23 year old "Scout" where the individual's
intellectual/emotional age was somewhere between 10 and 12 - and in fact I
was an ASM to one such Scout way back when I was only 18 physical years
- in a section with his/her peers/playmates/schoolmates who may be one year
older or younger than the youth in question. Thus my Rover Crew has a
member who is only 17 (as opposed to the 18-25 year typical ages) but who
is already in university and who is beyond benefitting from the Venturer
Therefore, I would consider any Citizenship requirement in terms of what
that requirement would/should mean to that Cub and I would fight with any
bureaucrat who would put requirements that are suitable for the masses but
not for the individual ahead of the interests of the individual Cub. If we
don't put the interests of our Cubs first, then we'd better be on the
payroll of the bureaucrats - and they can't pay me enough fot that.
Good Cubbing - and remember if it isn't FUN for you and the Cubs, then it
isn't Cubbing as it was intended by the founder.
"A" Pack, 64th Lakers Group, Cree District, Scouts Canada
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City