Re: scouting's goal
Patrick Lam (PLAM@MUSICM.MCGILL.CA)
Wed, 9 Nov 1994 19:01:50 EST
Advancement is a tangible method of encouraging Scouts to gather
certain skills that your Scouting organization wants you to have.
It's definitely not the goal of a Troop to produce Eagle Scouts,
or Chief Scout's Award people, but to make better citizens. One of
the best ways is to encourage them to, say, practice their
organizational skills by organizing a project of benefit to the
community. It works for some people.. but others take what
they can from the advancement programme.
Just because there are Queen's Venturers (Canadian example) out there
who don't know what being a Scout means, doesn't mean that if you
were to be a Queen's Venturer, that you'd forget knowing what being
a Scout means. Instead, you get to be a role model and others may
start to emulate you.
Something else is that ten years down the road, you'll know that you
could've been an Eagle Scout, but then it'll be too late. Your chance
is now. That's the way I see it, anyways..
pat - 17 yrs old, a Venturer in Canada.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City