FUN versus awards and badges
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Wed, 9 Nov 1994 16:31:06 EST
I have already had a few private emails back and forth
but I thought I wanted to add my general comments on
the BALANCED program. BSA and MAYBE scouting all over,
needs a well balanced program that includes LOT OF JUST
PLAIN FUN, as well as the advancement and rank rewards
for a little work along the way, mixed in with a some
LEADERSHIP trianing etc.
Every young person in scouts, not even BSA, wants or can
be an Eagle scout! But that should not stop them from
doing thier best to work towards that goal. However, there
are lots of young boys that just want to have some FUN, and
just do not care about ranks and badges etc. I think they
also have a place in scouting! And we need to provide the
FUN programs to keep those scouts interrested and still
learning skills like first aid, while they have fun.
The JOY in keeping those boys in the program is when
the scout master can sit down with that scout, and
go over the rank requirements with him, and show him
that WHILE YOU WERE HAVING FUN, you also completed
requirements for Second class, and maybe even first class.
Some scout just like to go camping, others think that
games and sports are the best part of scouting. It all
fits together to make a SCOUT. They are not all the same
size or shape, and they will not all be Eagles or the
highest rank of nay organization, but they can learn
important skills for life, while they have fun.
Some scouts will be self motivated to work for the
highest ranks, others will be pushed by parents. Those
scouts will learn the skills beacause they want to earn
the badges. BUT, rank or NOT, I think we can still
build some pretty good scouts, that ONLY make first class,
BUT, they stay in scouts, to have FUN, and maybe even
serve as senior patrol leader, help another scout on
an eagle project, collect cans for SCOUTING for food,
and maybe, as one 16 year old first class scout in
our troop did, SAVED HIS OWN FATHERS LIFE, and earned
the National Life Saving award!!! And Mike thought
he was just having fun!
still scouting since '57, IF I am going, I WILL HAVE FUN!
If I am there, I AM having FUN!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City