GEN: do your best?
Patrick Lam (PLAM@MUSICM.MCGILL.CA)
Fri, 4 Nov 1994 21:15:44 EST
> don't know what the ratios are, but I suspect that for every Eagle
> scout, Gold Guide, or Governor General's Award, there are at least 10 0
> youth in the program who are having fun, developing their abilies, an d
> getting into the'wilds'. Perhaps, it is my legacy as a Beaver leader ,
> but I believe that the heart of the program has to be fun. It is
> important that as adults which do not let our focus on achievement an d
> excellence, as we define it get in the way of our committment to the
I sort of agree with you. It's good that there are youth in the
programme who are having fun, even if they aren't the best.
I also, however, believe that the pursuit of excellence is important.
Not that every Scout can be excellent, but that they try to attain
it. Because there's this other possibility, and it's called mediocrity.
I don't like mediocrity. Without challenging the abilities of the
youth, that's what we get. And it doesn't get us anywhere.
Every Beaver, Cub, Scout, Venturer and Rover has potential. I think
that part of Scouting has to try to bring out this potential. There
has to be a certain focus on achievement, though not tunnel vision.
By achievement, I don't mean signing off requirements, I mean
getting things done and learning things.. in the pursuit of "excellence"
(who did get a few requirements signed off, and earned his CS award)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City