Re: GEN: do your best?
Patrick Lam (PLAM@MUSICM.MCGILL.CA)
Wed, 9 Nov 1994 00:07:14 EST
>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.
It would be more considerate if I quoted selectively. But I can't.
I find that I agree with what you say.. and I don't want to delete
any of it.
I was the first person to earn the Chief Scout's Award in my Scout
troop for a very, very long time. We all had Scout handbooks,
so we knew that these things were possible to earn, but we'd never
actually seen anyone who had the badge. Without camping for the
first 3 years I was in Scouts, it certainly was not conducive to
achivement and challenging myself- more like the basketball &
floor hockey troop. :( I stuck to it, though, and with help
from the people in the Venturer Company I eventually joined (who
DO have people with the CS award), I earned mine. I guess it was
out there, but that it was not really viewed as an option.
Now I'm a Venturer, and I can earn my Queen's Venturer. I know
that it's possible for me to do it, and I will probably finish it
this year. (It's my last year). The thing is, if I didn't do it,
then I'll be telling myself that I could've done it, after I have
no more chance to do it. I'm pushing myself along this path,
because once I reach my 18th birthday, I can only help others do it.
I would have been upset if I hadn't earned my Chief Scout's Award.
I have the potential to do it, and it would've been wasted.
A lot of people have the potential, but it's lost, because all they
needed was a little hand, and no one offered it to them. Only
a few people will just do the work themself, but if helped, many
more people realize their potential.
They just need that initial support. The hardest part is often to
get started, I think.. then it just rolls along.
Another thing that caught my eye in your message- something like
"They thought it would've been too hard." I don't like this
attitude. I think that, to grow, you have to be challenged, by
something difficult! Otherwise, you get mediocrity.. Challenge
is vital. (The phrase was "afraid of pushing us".)
a little long-winded.. but Scouts need support!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City