Re: Ken Schneider
HENRY S. HEINE (hheine@WELCHLINK.WELCH.JHU.EDU)
Thu, 25 May 1995 11:21:08 -0400
On Fri, 19 May 1995, Marc Solomon wrote:
> Although I cannot comment about whether European or US Scouting is more
> commericialized, I can definitely say that you are wrong about where the
> focus is in US Scouting. Most Scouters involved in US Scouting that I have
> met (and I would venture to say that I have met many more than you have) are
> strongly focussed on developing values in American youths. The
> "decorations" you speak of are just symbols of the pride we take in our
> accomplishments and are usually minimal on most of our uniforms. The
> average Scout uniform in the US is "decorated" with symbols depicting what
> country, council, and unit we are members of, any rank we have achieved and
> what position we hold. The only other "decorations" that might be on the
> uniform are the World Crest, a symbol of the level of training achieved, and
> a temporary patch usually depicting an event we recently attended. Do your
> uniforms omit most of these?
It is easy to see how someone from outside the U.S. would view us as
recognition and advancement hungry. Simply look at many of the
discussions on our list here as an example. The current string about the
arrowhead award is typical of the "adult recognition and how do I get it"
mentallity that does seem to be present in a fair number of our Scouters.
Marc, if you don't have this type of scouter in your district or council
consider yourself lucky. We have more then our fair share over here in my
district ready to step on anyones and everyones toes to get another "award".
Hank Heine firstname.lastname@example.org
SM Troop 615,COR Pack 461
National Pike Dist.
Baltimore Area Council
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