Re: Fact or Fantasy
Karen Lollman (lollma@ACC.WUACC.EDU)
Fri, 18 Nov 1994 00:28:16 -0600
> 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
> game, football.
> Not Cops and Robbers, or Cowboys and Indians. Just football which
> needs little or no imagination to play.
Where did those kids of "yesteryear" get their ideas for "Cops and
Robbers", Cowboys and Indians? Before TV, they had "radio shows", and
movies. Before that, they had books. Children's imaginations don't come
equipped with Cops & Robbers
> 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?
Does today's Scouting program accommodate today's child? Can we really
expect cops and robbers to compete with "Star Wars, and all it's
technically created images?
> 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.
My kids (10 and 7) prefer "Power Rangers" to "Lone Ranger"; but they
still love a tree house. Only the tree house serves as a "command
center", not a "hideout". The imagination is there, but on a higher
> 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 ?
Maybe we start by acknowledging our changing world. As adults, we were
at first "terrified" of computers. Now look at us, using them to
communicate (Indians used smoke signals, remember?) We lead by example.
Do we want Scouting to remain a shrine to our era, or do we want it to
prepare the boys for their future? The concepts of scouting transcend
time and technology.
If it's really important to you that the kids do "Cops and Robbers" or
"Cowboys and Indians" (things from your childhood), introduce it as
If your goal is to stimulate their imaginations, give them a theoretical
problem they may face as adults, and let them "create" the solutions...no
rules, no holds barred!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City