Re: CITIZENSHIP BADGE
Patrick Lam (PLAM@MUSICM.MCGILL.CA)
Sun, 6 Nov 1994 14:24:43 EST
>concerned. My feeling is that a level and fair playing field is what is needed
>- not an anything goes make up your own rules on the fly approach. The
I think I agree with you. Except that in passing badges, an important
thing to take account of should be the amount of effort put in.
>All that aside, I want to express my disagreement with my colleague who
>suggested that Canadian Citizenship requirements were not legalistic. At the
I could be wrong. I did earn the Citizen badge up to gold when I was
a Scout- I'm good at trivia, which is what we could call that stuff.
A weakness in the Citizen requirements is that it's possible to make
a written paper test for it. BP detested that in Scouting- he said
that they were already in school for a lot of the day, and didn't
come to Scouts for more of the same. I agree with him in this case.
>Troop level almost all the requirements of each level of the badge are
>legalistic and IMHO not necessarily relevant to the youth. Is it a necessary
>requirement for a Canadian to know selected flags from our history? Why not
>relevant ones, like the ones in use today? The requirement focus on rights
Perhaps knowing the flags Canada has used through history is not
especially relevant. But I really wince when Scouts don't know how
to properly raise the flag, and it's broken upside down, or it falls
to the ground again, or something like that. This is not pretty.
Looking at the Bronze requirements, I think that Scouts should
know about the requirements, except for 1a, know the history of flags.
Flags in use today IS a requirement, for the silver badge. I still
don't think that there's too much emphasis on book-learning in the
Bronze and Silver stages. Some of the requirements could be done
in simulations, like "Tell how to report a fire, car accident, and
call an ambulance." If you read that as "show", then you could
tell the Scouts, "The building's on fire. What would you do?" and
have them actually act it out. Or give directions- have a visitor
show up, and have him ask for directions. It doesn't have to be
dull and boring, except if you do it wrong.
In each stage, I think there's just one or two requirements which could
not be _done_, but learned. Look at the requirements.
"Visit a historic site." - World War II memorials can be dull and
boring. Or they can be exciting and meaningful, if you get someone
who was there and lost his best friend in the fighting to talk to the
(My brother's in a troop where one of the leaders- one year older than
me, we went through Cubs and Scouts at almost the same time- made up
a paper test for Citizen bronze... Totally wrong, IMO, and why you
could look at the requirements as being dull and legalistic.)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City