Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 16 Sep 1995 20:36:19 -0400
My 13 year old received his Life Scout award last week. I've encouraged,
rewarded, cajoled, etc. to get him to this point. Now, I've decided that
he can get the next passel of merit badges at his own rate, and I'll calm
down and let him enjoy scouting. He was looking forward to learning how
to be a patrol leader (elected a couple of weeks ago), and doing lots of
He came home disappointed from a canoe trip today.
Seems our COR and the head of our chartered partner told the SM that,
henceforth, all scout activities would be planned by the committee, that
the 14 and 15 year olds would be doing hiking, camping and "hi adventure,"
(and would not meet with the rest of the troop), while the younger scouts
would work on merit badges and not get out monthly. A "slate" of troop
leaders to be elected is to be approved by the partner head before the
scouts vote them into office.
He sees himself working on merit badges weekly (in areas of no interest
to him), while his older friends continue outdoor activities.
I'm more concerned that the troop committee is to plan and execute all
activities, rather than the PLC.
Suggestions from the group?
Paul H. Brown, UC, GW District, National Capital Area Council
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