Bob Rosebrough, GBL, B-200 (rosebro@GGPL.ARSUSDA.GOV)
Wed, 7 Jun 1995 07:44:51 -0400
I am new to Scouts-L and haven't submitted anything to the bulletin board yet. I read a message this morning, got so
incensed that I trashed it and did not get the original author's handle. Basically, the message concerned a boy's statement about
bolting Scouting once he received his Eagle. The answer was almost classic. Let us sandbag the kid until he shows the correct
attitude. What is the problem here - the kid's attitude or his honesty? Oh give me a break!
What kind of program exists for the older boy in this troop? Does leadership entail that every year the older Scouts
participate in baby sitting for new scouts whose parents look at the BSA as some form of cheap drop in daycare one day a week and
a bargain one week during the Summer? With the influx of kids with both physical and emotional problems and the seeming lack of
help from these kids' parents, the boy leaders may look at leadership from a far different light than you do. Are the older Scouts
allowed to develop some sort of program outside of the troop which they lead and are responsible for? Are you as Scouters willing to
release your older Scouts from certain troop outings so that an older boy program goes to fruition? Do you willingly support some sort
of high adventure program tailored to the older Scouts or do you fudge the rules and allow younger Scouts to also participate?
Please people let's listen to the kids and not continually castigate them for being truthful. Let's quit using the term "Scout
Spirit" to include nearly anything that peeves you about a kid's behavior.
ASM Troop 601
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City