Re: What about non-eagles?
Thu, 15 Jun 1995 08:15:53 EST
Peter Farnhan asked, What about the non-eagles?
Boy, am I glad you brought that up! We do seem to be a bit obsessed
on Eagles. We should re-focus on the Scouting Program. It's part of
the Eagle Factory syndrome- our intent should be to serve the youth,
not to make Eagles. Eagles are a byproduct. They are the icing on
the cake: attractive, and the first thing you notice, but the
substantial satisfaction lies in what's in the cake.
I was never a boy scout. In grade school, I overheard the only scouts
I knew bragging about their last camping trip, where they played strip
poker and succeeded in embarrassing each other (this was early 50's).
That did not sound like fun to me, and I found other things to do.
Now, as a parent, I started in Cub Scouts with my sons because we
needed parents or no Cubs Scouts. I followed my sons to Boy Scouts,
served as Scoutmaster for eight years, and have continued on as a
contributing Assistant SM ever since.
Just as I was myopic in my youth, and mistook the part for the whole,
so also let us avoid looking at Scouts and seeing only Eagles. The
scout program, with its Outdoor Activities, and Venture, and Order of
the Arrow, and merit badges, is a Grand Cafeteria to pick and choose
from. Let's concentrate on maintaining and expanding the menu,
instead of just looking at the dessert tray.
Like Peter Farnham, this is not intended as a flame. We're all in it
for the boys, right? All of them?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City