Flexibility of requirements
Robin Louvain (louvain@FELIX.KODAK.COM)
Fri, 4 Aug 1995 15:07:27 -0400
I have a question for the general audience. If a requirement states in a
handbook (ie. BSA Bear Handbook), that the scout should throw a softball, do you
think the requirement should be signed off if they threw a bean bag?
This situation has occurred at our day camp. Other improvisations were also
made. The same bean bag was used in a game to qualify for a requirement which
stated to learn about a native-american game, build the equipment for, and play
This really got my dander up. I believe a requirement "requires" the scout to
perform a certain task. Another bear leader from a different pack was all for
having the kids do it as long as she could sign off on the requirement. I will
not sign the books for the kids in my den. I will have them throw a real
softball and actually learn about native-american games.
Am I wrong? Am I being to inflexible? Should I speak to someone regarding this
By the way, this was my first day camp experience.
The camp was run very well on the whole with the exception of the games area.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City