Carol Breuer (CBreuer@VINES.COLOSTATE.EDU)
Tue, 25 Apr 1995 08:39:29 MDT
I would like to reply to Steve Lavalla's question, "Is the purpose of the
scouting movement to get badges? Or is it to train the youth?"
I don't think anyone would disagree with the statement that our purpose is to
train youth. But advancement, the earning of badges, is one of the methods
we use to achieve that purpose.
I do disagree with his statement that the quality unit award was "created to
get units rechartered on time and make the paperwork flow nicely for your
council." Yes, it does help serve that purpose, but there is more to it than
that. It gives us a basic standard to see if that unit is functioning as it
should. The reason for the requirement that the unit leader be trained is
that leader training is important for the unit to function according to BSA
guidelines. It is not a guarantee that the unit will offer the best possible
program for the boys, but it certainly increases the odds.
Recently in our council there was a case of sexual abuse involving a
scoutmaster and a group of scouts. This scoutmaster was one who had never
been to training, and most of the other leaders in the unit were also
untrained. If the two-deep leadership policy and the youth protection
policies that are brought out in Scoutmaster Fundamentals had been followed
the opportunities for abuse might have been avoided.
Training IS important, and we need to encourage ALL leaders (unit leaders,
their assistants, committee members) to take the training that is available
Carol Breuer, Fort Collins, CO
Asst District Commissioner
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City