Fact or Fantasy
Mike D Tester (mike@MIKET.DEMON.CO.UK)
Thu, 17 Nov 1994 19:49:45 -0600
Most of us, I'm sure have seen the picture on the front cover
of the first edition of the weeky news paper "Scouting of Boys",
the picture shows a small boy lying on a hill over looking a bay,
with his hat and staff lying by his side.
In the distance a boat can be seen.
Is it pirates, smuglers, or just a boring boat bobbing up down on the
waves, and kid with nothing better to do than just lounging around on
a hill side. If you were to show this image to the average Cub or
Scout, bearing in mind todays attitudes, how would our Scouts
discribe the image.
To find this out, I showed the picture to some members of my Scout.
The most popular answer being " well its some kid looking over a hill
at boat on the sea. And know imagination was used to describe
the image, just fact. During this last weekend I observed a number
of groups of children playing. All of them were playing the same
Not Cops and Robbers, or Cowboys and Indians. Just football which
needs little or no imagination to play.
Now to my point.
The roots of Scouting has always had bases of imagination, inventing
stores to be used for a of game, fire stunts and yarns.
Does today's child still have enough imaginative thought?
Or are we just going have to keep pumping our young people full of
stagnant facts and figures because that's all they have been
conditioned to accept or understand. With this in mind are we not in
danger of our young people loosing all sense of fun and adventure.
This is having an effect on Scouting, and I have noticed just how
hard it is to organise and play games or activities which needs a
child to use a bit of imagination.
This attitude has started creeping into cubs.
How do we stop the rot ?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City