Re: Scout Spirit
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Mon, 4 Sep 1995 21:41:24 -0400
On Sep 04, 1995 11:54:16, 'Michael J Pagelkopf <mjp2@SPARC.ISL.NET>' wrote:
>"Scout spirit" is not an objective requirement. "Scout spirit" is
>How do you determine the completion of the requirement without personal
>feelings or beliefs entering into the equation. A square knot is a square
>knot. What is "Scout spirit" in the _everyday life_ of your scout? Does
>the Scout Law mean ALL points of the Law or only the ones the scout deems
>important? How do you judge a _subjective_ requirement objectively for
>scout? The ability to tie a square knot is visible. Does the same hold
>for judging "Scout spirit"?
Why do you feel it is necessary to turn every requirement into an objective
requirement? By its very nature the job of EVERY Board of Review is
subjective in nature. That the Scout has completed all of what you call
the "objective" requirements before he walks in the door is a given. Since
one of the things the b/r is NOT supposed to do is retest requirements,
what then is the purpose of the board?
Its principal purpose, IMHO, is to evaluate how well the Scout has
developed in the intangible areas of the program - character development,
as it were. Clearly, this is subjective.
I believe one of the reasons that the Scout Spirit requirement was changed
was to prevent units from using it to build some objective walls that the
Scout would have to scale to advance - like percentage of meetings attended
or percentage of camping trips attended, etc. My question in these
instances is always whether, after going on that last trip to meet the
objective requirement, the Scout is in any way a different or better human
being or even Boy Scout. If not, then what has his attendance accomplished
that hadn't been accomplished before that last event?
As an advancement chairman it has always bothered me when troops try to
take what to me is the "easy way out" by trying to quantify everything.
That way, instead of saying to the Scout that you do not believe he should
advance because he doesn't display the type of character and personality
expected of a Scout of his rank (or whatever reason the board really has
for the deferral), which can be a very hard thing to do, they would rather
say that the reason for the deferral (or failure to schedule the board) was
that he had only attended 74.99999% of the meetings and therefore didn't
meet the troop's 75% requirement.
Our job, throughout all of the Scouting program, is to constantly evaluate
the development of each and every one of our Scouts and to provide whatever
assistance and incentive works in each particular case to maximize each
Off of soapbox
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City