Re: Eagle question -Reply
Larry Rinaldo (RINALDO.LAWRENCE@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV)
Thu, 2 Feb 1995 09:01:25 -0500
In response to Bob's < rec@EPOCH.COM > response:
>We need to ask why is the Scout in Scouting in the first place.
>We all know that he is there for leadership development, physical
>fitness, and mostly fun in the out of doors.
Bob, please don't take this the wrong way, but having been at
recruitments usually the parents are the focus for many boys being in
Scouts. In many cases he is there because of his parents, I like to
infer that the program, and freedoms to choose keep him there. On
return trip from a Klondike I asked some 1st year Scouts why they
liked Scouts. Their response was: your not treated like a kid, in
school you have to line up for lunch, etc., while in Scouts you can
choose your menu, campout and do things WITHOUT an adult ORDERING you
to do something. In their eyes Scouts is positive, during the
adolescent changes, and Scouting program I hope they learn more
information than their first reson to join.
>...the Order of the Arrow (which helps in leader development)...
I don't know about the rest of the country, but in Fairfield County
Council, Connecticut--OA is a JOKE, it is mostly a patch and sash
society. The case in point is that, there are over 150 adults and
Scouts on the OA roster, but at the monthly meeting only 5 show up.
There is no incentives for the Scouts. I have taken a van load of
recent OA Scouts to their first meeting, on the return trip they
said, if this is OA, I'm outa here. Needless to say, the lodge
continues to recruit, but they do not maintain members. This has
been an ongoing problem that the DE and other folks are well aware of
but to date little has been done to improve the situation. However,
if you look at a group of Scouts and leaders, you'll see their lodge
patch sewn on their pocket flap.
Thanks, Larry Rinaldo < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City