Re: Forgotten items (was Re: Woodbadge Tickets)
Bert Austin (austin@APS.ANL.GOV)
Thu, 14 Sep 1995 08:54:57 -0500
At 09:55 PM 9/11/95 -0500, you wrote:
>Rex Goode writes:
>--> I remember being taught at Woodbadge that making Scouts sing and do a
>--> ridiculous dance for items they either lost or left lying about is
>--> contrary to the spirit of Youth Protection items. I still see some of our
>--> Woodbadge-trained leaders doing this though. Is this a common policy, or
>--> does it differ from place to place?
> It's still pretty common around these parts. I hate to sound
>politically incorrect, but personally I think it's harmless. Besides, it's
>mostly the kids making each other (and adults, when we lose something)
>sing, not some ritual forced on some terrified newcomer by overbearing ex-
>military Scout leaders . . .
I agree with Jim, common sense and good judgement must be used. Embarrassment ov
er forgetfulness or perhaps some shame resulting from a transgression against th
e group can be part of a learning experience in life and result in bonding to th
e group. Depends on how it's handled - the SM should be sensitive to the boys' r
eaction and provide counseling on how to handle the situation if needed. Sometim
es you have to even learn how to deal with unfair treatment.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City