Re: Service hours
Marc Solomon (msolomon@TEK1.TEKNIQ.COM)
Fri, 25 Aug 1995 13:42:21 -0500
At 04:20 PM 8/24/95 -0500, Jeff Agle 5-5738 wrote:
>My problem is that sometimes that number of hours still doesn't get the
>boy to grow and still doesn't get the point across. I am more worried
>about this boy than the boy who grows by doing 4 hours or work and really
>gets an appreciation for service (and then has to do two more hours to
>meet the requirement). Unfortunately, I have regular dealings with the
>first kind of boy (and some are Eagle Scouts from before my time).
>This problem is only compounded if this boy is allowed to double count
>(by this I mean count the same time for two different purposes, this is
>not a judgement call on how the hours are counted) the hours and thus
>gets the message that he can really get by on a small amount of service.
As I said in a previous post, you can lead a horse to water but you can't
make him drink. The service hours are required so that the boy may get
exposure to doing service for others. Unfortunately, you cannot make
someone see the value in doing such. Making them work more hours is like
beating a dead horse (again with the horse metaphors). Some Scouts will
understand the value of service to others immediately. Others will
understand after doing it a while. And some others might not ever
understand. Of course, some you think are in the last category will amaze
you later in life when they suddenly reach the understanding.
Boys want to be in Scouting because it's fun. Making Scouts who do not
understand what service to others is about perform more service will make
them think that Scouting is not fun and therefore might drop. They'll
understand doing the service to meet advancement requirements but being told
that the service they performed does not count because of any other reason
than those specified in the requirements will dishearten them.
>I think these boys are really missing the point and I don't know how to
>help them in the growth process. At a certain level, who cares about the
>specifics of the requirements right now, I have a real problem.
In the past, I thought the Scouts were missing alot of points I was trying
to make. Not only about service to others, but also about the beauty of
nature, the importance of taking responsibility, and so on and so on. Some
understood, some seemed like they might, and others appeared hopeless to me.
Over time though, many of the ones that appeared hopeless to me caught on to
things. Occassionally, years later I would run into one of the ones I
considered hopeless only to discover that he is working with Scouts now or
doing other wonderful work. You never know how much impact you will have.
Stop wondering about the ones you think are missing the point. They may be
or they may not be and that should not be your concern. What you should be
concerned with is how well you are putting out the points you are making and
are you living the philosophy you are teaching. You might not get the point
across to all of them, but I will bet that more of them are getting it than
Yours in Scouting,
| Marc W. Solomon | Unit Commissioner |
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