The Good Ol' Days (ref Eagle easier?)
Jim Holman (jrholman@POSTBOX.ACS.OHIO-STATE.EDU)
Wed, 2 Aug 1995 13:28:39 -0400
We all remember the good old days, how tough things were, how hard we had to
work as children, etc. I remember my dad talking about working all day for
50 cents; I tell my son about working for 50 cents/hour; and I'm sure he'll
have something similar for his son some day. What we need to rember is that
things weren't REALLY as we remember them, not completely anyway, and what
was ok then may not be now.
It upsets me that a number of people on our district committee (who have
made significant contributions in their long tenure but haven't been
directly connected with a unit for a long time) remember the Good Ol' Days
of scouting so well that they pooh-pooh current requirements, etc. They
consider our Council's summer camping program as 'ruined' after the
construction of a dining hall (mannnnny years ago) so that troops no longer
must spend the week doing troop cooking (There is an attached 'outpost'
camping area where troops who want to can eschew the dining hall for 'home
cooking'). They consider camp too much like a vacation -- the kids should
spend their time cooking and cleaning and if there is time for mb work, etc.
after that, fine. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with it being a
vacation -- they prove every month that they can cook and clean, why spend a
week at summer camp doing the same thing when there's so much else they can
be doing. Also, the dining hall program is a lot more than eating. The
program staff does an excellent job of imparting camp traditions, scouting
traditions, spiritual lessons, comaraderie (sp) and just plain fun. It's a
nice break from the monthly campout. We still have a daily good turn
requirement, daily inspections, etc. so it is NOT a goof off week.
Times change, people change, their needs and abilities change. Scouting has
done a fine job keeping up, I believe. We haven't changed the important
things, the Oath and Law, we've only modified a few of the methods to keep
the program appealing to those who need and benefit from it.
I used to be a bear.....
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City