Re: GEN: scouting's goal (Long)
gregor herrmann (Gregor.Herrmann@UIBK.AC.AT)
Thu, 10 Nov 1994 12:21:09 +0100
> What we have here between Bob McGwier and Gregor Herrmann is a classic
> example of the purist vs. pragmatist Scouting debate that has gone on for
> decades. We in the BSA fall into the highly pragmatic camp. The Europeans,
> the British excepted, tend to fall into the purist camp.
> One may oversimplify the subject by stating that the Europeans emphasize
> "doing the right things", whereas we in the BSA emphasize "doing things
> right". Lazlo Nagy, former Chief Executive of the World Organisation of the
> Scout Movement (WOSM), found it necessary to explain and defend the BSA's
> approach to Scouting to the rest of the Scouting world in his book, "250
> Million Scouts" (U.S. Library of Congress Catalogue Number LC85-HS3312,
> ISBN 0-85013-153-7).
> I shall post an excerpt from Lazlo Nagy's book in a separate
> posting that
> addresses the crux of the "purist vs. pragmatist" debate in Scouting.
i find this approach "purist vs. pragmatist" really interesting. as
far as i am concerned this may well be right. esp. from my work as an
adult leader trainer i know how important (and how difficult) it is
to separate between goals and methods, to first set goals and then
think about the moethods to reach them ... and i've my share of
discussions with leaders who think that scouting's goal is to build
the highest wooden tower (pioneering) that was ever built in
things like that are the reason why i'm very (maybe over-) sensitive
with principles and aims of scouting/guiding.
on the issue of the BSA boy scout handbook i still think that it's
not a ggod idea to express the thought in this way.
i hope to here more about the purist vs pragmatist approach!
gregor herrmann *
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