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Darla Keller (C60DJK1@MVS.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Fri, 11 Nov 1994 00:18:00 CST
The goals of Scouting in the USA are the same as goals of other
Scouting organizations around the world. To help develop better
citizens. The values of Scouting are shared through the Scout Oath
and Law which have been translated into many languages.
We of course differ in the methods to acheive these goals. Each nati
nation offers a program that is targeted towards their youth based
on culture and the times. Scouting in the USA has changed in method
over the years. It's nice to have Scouts-L to keep abreast of all
the latest changes.
These differences in national program offer a rich variety of ideas
and philosophies towards acheiving the goals of the Scouting
program. There will always be disagreement, you get that even
within the same troop. I believe the variety of ideas is a great
This is not a quote, or even a decent paraphrase, but Baden-Powell
once spoke of the job of a Scoutmaster which I believe captures the
captures the spirit of the Scouting movement. I relate it often to
my troop committee to keep us on track. It goes something like...
A Scoutmaster is not a schoolmaster,
Scouting is not schooling.
A Scoutmaster is not a taskmaster,
Scouting is not employment.
A Scoutmaster is not a commander,
Scouting is not the military.
Scouting is a game,
but a game with a purpose.
A Scoutmaster is an older brother,
leading his younger brothers,
in the game of Scouting.
Scouting is a game, but a game with a purpose. Sometimes we get to
caught up in the methods and we forget the purpose. Sometimes we get
too caught up in the purpose and forget about the game.
Scouting should always be fun. Scouting should always have some
purpose, even if the purpose is just having a good time. Any method
that achieves the goals of Scouting in a fun, safe, and positive way
can't be too far off from being right.
In a worldwide forum such as we have here, it would certainly be a
great gift to one another to share the many marvelous methods of
acheiving the goals of Scouting from our brother leaders in other
Today more than ever before, youth are faced with many problems and
preassures. I always want Scouting to represent an opportunity to
escape from these preassures and just be a kid. A boy from a
troubled family may see Scouting as a haven. Boys from all social
levels can put on the same uniform and feel equal. Scouting is a
great experiment that began on Brownsea and continues today. Times
and technology have changed, but the basic nature of boys hasn't.
Although in different nations cultures may vary, but human nature is
universal. The aims of SCouting is based on the universal truths
that exist for all boys. We adjust the methods from country to
country, troop to troop, leader to leader.
EAch of us must find that special unique quality that makes Scouting
come alive for the particular boys that we work with. The more
varieties of that mix we can share with each other can't hurt the
program but only add to it.
Yours in Scouting,
DeKalb, Illinois USA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City