Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Thu, 24 Aug 1995 22:22:41 -0400
On Wed, 23 Aug 1995 Kyle Sanders <Kyle1215@AOL.COM> said:
>In a message dated 95-07-31 15:24:41 EDT, you write:
>>We require a wrist watch as part of their basic troop gear. All of our
>>camp activities and regular trips during the scout season run on the
>>and therefore it's essential that each scout knows what time it is so he
>>be at the right place at the right time.
>One kid in our troop actually didn't go to a campout because he won't wear
>The SM wouldn't allow him to carry one in his pocket, and said that it
>worn around his wrist. (He doesn't like to wear stuff on his wrist). What
>the rules in your troop in regards to the actual having to WEAR a watch?
By requiring something like a watch because WE don't believe that people
can be on time without one aren't we depriving the Scouts of the
opportunity to demonstrate inginuity, etc. Instead of dictating the means
to get them to show up on time, we should just, IMHO, insist that they be
on time. Once they realize that we are serious about them being where they
are supposed to be when they are supposed to be there, they will show. Who
cares how they figure it out. That's their problem. One of the things
they are supposed to learn is responsibility. Let them succeed or fail and
then learn from their failures. That's what it is all about.
One of my best SPLs was a young man who we were afraid wouldn't do a very
good job because he was so soft spoken. He would tell the troop that they
had to be back at a certain time and, lo and behold, without any yelling or
screaming (and, back then, without most of the kids having watches) when we
showed up at the appointed hour, there was the troop, all lined up and
ready to go.
Give it a chance. It works. We don't have to baby them.
Bruce E. Cobern
Dan Beard District
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Bruce E. Cobern