Re: Double Counting Service Hours
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 19 Aug 1995 00:43:36 -0400
Jim Carter's posting on this subject really hits home! When a Scoutmaster is
asked by a Scout to count service at school, church or elsewhere in the
community, the only inquiries should be how much the Scout put into to
the effort, how much he learned, and how much he has grown by the experience.
And if there is any doubt, I have to agree with Rodger's reference to
BP's "In the case of a reasonable doubt, let the decision be made in
favor of the boy." If a Scout has grown by his experience, then any
restriction set up by an arbitrary rule tends to be counter-productive
towards recognizing that growth and encouraging more of the same.
And speaking as an employer, I can tell you that I would have doubts
about someone who insisted on doing everything separately with
compartmented thinking, instead of finding ways to maximize productivity
by getting the most out of their effort. Time too is a precious resource
that is too often wasted, why not encourage Scouts to learn now how to
maximize their time and get the most out of it.
If you were conducting a fundraising event with sales of both wreaths
and wrapping paper, you wouldn't expect the Scout to go around to
everyone first to sell paper and then go back to sell wreaths. You'd
probably be critical of his wasting time and encourage him to sell both
at the same time. Similarly in School - what is better several
independent unrelated projects or several that overlap? Of coure with
the several related projects, the student learns the relationships
between different disciplines and cross-application of information, which
is a separate valuable skill that the other student would miss entirely.
Examples could go on endlessly, but the point is that we should realize
the value in cross-pollinization.
Let's help the Scouts grow and not stifle them with a barrage of private
rules. The flexibility of the program has a purpose and it is to
encourage growth in each Scout allowing discretion - use it, don't abuse it.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City