Re: Dropped Scouts?
Charlotte S. Jerscheid (cjersche@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 20 Jun 1995 13:18:53 -0400
Others replied to my lament ;-) by private e-mail, besides Michael Bowman.
I wanted to thank everyone for their suggestions. It occurs to me that
the foundation, not being in direct contact with the Troop, has no idea
how it is being run. We have a program director, who oversees the three
troops that are being funded, and who is the foundation's only point of
contact with the Troops. The foundation only finds out what the program
director tells them. It seems that the "experiment" is doomed to failure
simply by the fact of its existence...i.e., there is no parent
participation, because all transportation is provided; the boys have no
ownership of the program because everything is planned for them; they are
not learning self-reliance because they don't have to pay for anything.
Just "being" in Scouts has no effect on a boy's maturing. It takes a
maturing boy to make a good Scout. If we keep treating them like little
children, they will never learn what they need in order to be contributing
members of society. As soon as I screw up enough courage, I plan to call
the Council with my opinions.
ASM, Troop 13
On Tue, 20 Jun 1995, Michael F. Bowman
> You do present an interesting problem. The next question that pops into
> mind is: How can the foundation make an accurate assessment of whether
> Scouting helps, when it arbitrarily hamstrings the process. Sounds to me
> like the local Scout Executive and Commissioner should be asked to have a
> sit down discussion with the foundation about how Scouting works and see
> whether the foundation can alter its rules to let the Troop work like a
> real Troop. To get an accurate assessment they need to have a Troop with
> boys of more than grade level; e.g. older boys in leadership roles. Its
> nice that they want to donate money, but it would be better for the boys
> if they had more of a say in the matter.
> Second question is: Has BSA approved of this arrangement? If somebody is
> trying to evaluate BSA's program, you can bet that BSA is interested in
> making sure that it is a fair shake. Again it sounds like a call to the
> Scout Executive is necessary. This is in my opinion far above the head of
> the local DE, although he/she should be advised as a courtesy.
> It also sounds like the foundation does not understand the program and
> needs education on how it works and why.
> Don't jump the ship just yet. Where would the Scouts be without caring
> Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
> Prof. Beaver, Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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