Tenure in Scouting (BSA)
hilding holroyd (hilding@BLUESTONE.COM)
Wed, 14 Jun 1995 14:52:02 EDT
I have read most of the postings relating to Eagle Scouts
and how long they stay in Scouting and whether they should
(or MUST?). Having been involved in many Eagle Courts of Honor,
I, too, have heard, and read, charges to the new Eagle to "give
back to Scouting what they have learned".
I have been in Scouting for over 33 years, am an Eagle Scout and
am fully committed to the principles that Scouting presents. I have
had many experiences in Scouting that I will never forget (Camp Schiff
JLITC training, Schiff JLITC Staff, local council camp staff, the
camping, hikes, ... my son's Eagle CofH ... ad infinitim).
Those of us who have stayed in Scouting for all these many years really
are the exception to the rule. Many are part of Cub/Boy Scouting and
then when college comes along they have other things to do. BUT when
they have married and have sons of their own, back they come to the fold.
I, too, was very inactive during my college years, except for summer camp
staff. However, that was in the years of the College Scouter Reserve -
a really good concept for those who wished to keep their registrations
current. Of course, back then tenure was CONTINUOUS service. If you were
in Scouting for 8 years, out for a few, then back in again, your years
of tenure for Scout Veteran status went back to zero, not like today when
non-continuous years are counted. Much better system.
Well, back to my points ...
"Scouting builds Men" (where have I heard that?) but when these men go off
to college/careers then the other interests are there. This is normal. I do
not expect ANY scout to "pay back" to the troop for all he has learned
from Scouting. However, I would most certainly expect that same Scout to
remember his Scouting years when his own son(s) approach Scouting age.
THAT is where the "pay back" comes in; the training of the next generation.
Sure we loose Eagle Scouts. We loose non-Eagle Scouts, too. The points about
keeping a program that is alive and interesting as the means of retention are
true. But we should still not expect a lifetime committment from everyone.
Why have I stayed in Scouting? Believe me it has NOT been the program.
I believe in the system and want my own sons influenced by it because
Scouting not only builds men, it builds BETTER men (and young ladies now, too).
Hilding W. Holroyd Advancement Chairman, Tr 250
Lakewood, NJ Jersey Shore Council
Eagle Class '68 Japeechen Lodge (Brotherhood)
"I used to be a FOX!", NE-IV-54
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