Re: scouting's goal
gregor herrmann (Gregor.Herrmann@UIBK.AC.AT)
Tue, 8 Nov 1994 16:07:07 +0100
first let me thank you for your long and helpful answer.
> gregor herrmann <Gregor.Herrmann@UIBK.AC.AT> writes:
> >* is this really the Scouting aim as BSA sees it?
> No. The aims that Scouting in the USA seeks are not tangible ones.
> The attainment of the Eagle Scout Badge makes the intangible goals
> (that of character, personal fitness and citizenship) more reachable
> and more realistic for the 11 or 12 year old new Scout.
as far as i understand the eagle rank is the goal for the kids.
right? so it is a method to reach scouting's goal. okay i have no
problem with this but i still consider it - well not very elegant to
write "scouting's most important goal". it could be misleading - even
for the kids (although THEIR aim is the eagle scout rank it is not
scouting's goal). maybe it could be put: "this handbook will help you
to reach the goal of the BSA advancement scheme: the eagle scout
rank" or something like that.
> >* was this a mistake by the chief scout executive?
> Definately not. The attainment of the Eagle Scout Badge...a coveted
> award in ANY walk of American life...is something that each and every
> kid that joins Scouting in America SHOULD reach for, despite the low
> numbers that actually make it. [...]
i never argued against the eagle scout badge (only against calling it
scouting's goal) although it is not our method to have rabks adn
badges for our latest age section (ranger/rover 16-20)
> >* how is this possible - whatever it was?
> How was what possible? The emphasis on earning an award? Gregor,
> I've tried to explain this before to you, but it bears repeating here
> in the open forum.
how was it possible to call eagle "scouting's goal" and not "your
goal within the advancement scheme" [i know that a different wording
would be needed].
i know that esp. BSA is much more badge and rank orientated than
european scouting - thanks anyway for pointing out the background
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