Re: bsa domination (was: Re: Canadian scouts-l (66 lines))
Nathan Brindle (NATHAN@UBVM.BITNET)
Thu, 3 Nov 1994 11:04:29 EST
On Thu, 3 Nov 1994 13:19:16 +0100 gregor herrmann said:
>what i criticized is not the domination in numbers which is quite
>obvious but the attitude i _sometimes_ get that BSA is the one and
>only scout/guide movement.
>what particularly disturbs is the usage of the word "scouting" when
>only "BSA-policy" or other bsa-related topics are discussed.
>i'll try to point that out in future whereever i see it (there's only
>one problem: i don't read most of the posts that are only bsa-
Someone made a good point the other day about the size of the United
States and the fact that many if not most USA Scouts and Scouters have
never been outside the country (let alone their own state/council).
To many of them, the World Brotherhood of Scouting is an abstract
concept that is difficult to grasp. Thus they have a USA-centric
view of Scouting. It is up to people like you, Gregor, to continue
to correct us in this admittedly-parochial view--but you also have
to understand what is at the root of it.
Most of the Scouts and Scouters in my council have never been out
of the country (I would imagine). We have a number of Scouters who
go to Canada on a regular basis for Rendezvous, etc., but they are
hardly the majority. We are at least 12 hours' drive from the
Canadian border. Thus it is a very, very special experience for
our Scouts to meet Scouts from other countries.
The troop I used to be with hosts a yearly visit by Scouts from
Israel, who make a tour of the US. It's always nice to attend
because it makes us realize there <is> a World Brotherhood of
Scouting, it's real and it can be touched--and moreover, it can
touch <us> in return.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City