Re: Pirate Theme - Consistent with Scouting?
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 24 Jun 1995 00:20:52 -0400
Arghh mates, so you thought I should walk the plank eh? Well Captain
Kidd (the nasty green parot on my shoulder) says "spike the main brace and
hoist the Jolly Roger." Yo ho ho and a . . . "Auck, send 'em to Davey
Aye lads and lassies, so its Pirates that ya wanta be?
Well me buckos, I have to admit that I have appeared in Cub Scout Leader Basic
Training with black tri-corner hat, wig, eye patch, etc. to lead a pirate
Couldn't resist asking the question though. But that doesn't mean that I
have any less appreciation for keeping fun in the program or that I want
to stiffle imagination. Thank goodness for that!
I did appreciate the comments back to me and the list on this subject.
The ideas in those comments were great! Let me paraphrase:
* See this as an opportunity to help Scouts want to read more about it
* See this as an opportunity to make teaching Scouting skills fun; e.g.
compass, knots, games, etc.
* Remember that Scouts need to be exposed to facts to make decisions -
you can't learn from history and avoid the same mistakes unless you
first learn history.
* Remember that the theme is not glorifying the bad attributes, but
is captializing on role-playing that Scouts of this age would do
* This helps Scouts use their imagination to have fun.
I also appreciated the reminder that Miss Kitty wasn't selling Root Beer.
I almost forgot that it was Sarsaparilla (sl-Saspharilla). <g>
Your answers will be helpful in answering a question I had from a local
volunteer on the same theme. My mildly scorched thanks for the ideas. <g>
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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