Re: Scout Spirit
Scott Drown (scottdd@HALCYON.COM)
Mon, 4 Sep 1995 11:32:20 -0800
I think you have to use the information that you have. For example our
troop had a Scout who just made Eagle at 17yrs, 364 days and 59 minutes who
was fairly active in the troop but also showed his "Scout Spirit" through
his personal activities away from Scouting.
We would hear about these through contacts with him, friends and teachers.
This Scout was very active in the school, band, science, helped out others
when asked and volunteered. Showed up to assist the younger Scouts.
Necessarily much of the information revolves around what you can see
demonstrated while the scout is participating in troop activities. I
stirred up quite a ruckus on the list in raising the question some time ago
has to whether or not a Scout should not be signed off if they don't show
Scout spirit and whether or not they should be eligible for Order of the
Arrow as well.
Our troop has never not signed a Scout off but has used the Scoutmaster
veto to not allow a Scout to be elected to OA. Just recently the Committee
Chair refused to sign a Scout off for Scout Spirit and someone else did it.
Both had their reasons - I think good ones.
Problem is there is no way to make an objective yard stick check off list
that a subjective matter can be measured by. I have written employee
evaluations for over 15 years now and my feeling is that the best you can
do is be fair, be objective as possible, and listen to the Scout when you
meet with him and address the issues as they arise so the Scout can learn.
After all one of the points of Scouting is to teach leadership and make
better people and that is a learning process.
How Much of Your reality is imagination?
ASM Troop 39, Maltby
Mt. Baker Council, Everett Wa.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City