Re: GEN: do your best?
Susan Ganther (susan@EMAIL.UNC.EDU)
Tue, 8 Nov 1994 18:42:51 -0500
On Fri, 4 Nov 1994, Patrick Lam wrote:
> 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)
There is nothing wrong in making the Scouts aware of the heights to which
they can strive and the recognition that is given to those that achieve
those heights. I spent my youth in a Troop that did not make us aware of
the highest achievements and recognitions which were available to us. I
guess they were afraid of pushing us or something. Anyway, the end result
is, while working with Scouts today, I often wonder what heights I might
have reached if only someone had pointed to the beginning of the trail
and told me where it led. Even if they had warned that the trail was long
and the climb demanding, I would have liked to have known that the trail
was there for me to try if I was so inclined. I wonder what the view
would have been like from up there through the eyes of youth. I can help
others along the trail, and can see them experience it, but have to guess
what it is like because I cannot travel that path myself.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City