Stephen Hoar (hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL)
Mon, 2 Oct 1995 09:11:57 -0400
It always amazes me how human nature takes something relatively simple
and proceeds to make it so complex that it is impossible to do. I
look at how the Bible has been so encumbered, explained, clarified,
codified, explained, etc that the publications needed to explain one
book would exceed the capacity of the Library fo Congress. The
complexities of the 'helpful' additional documents make it impossible
to follow the 'program' without violating some part of the 'rules'.
The same thing has happened to the Consititution of the United States.
With all the helpful interpretation and explanation over the years it
is impossible to exist without violating some sort of law. I'm
probably breaking some sort of law right now that I don't even know
The same thing is beginning to happen to scouting. With all the hair
splitting, explanations, expansions that are taking place in the 'name
of just helping' us it is becoming more and and more impossible to put
together a program or event without breaking the guidelines. Take a
look at the size of the Baden Powell 'bible' and compare it to the
stack of guidelines we need to meet to try to use the 'bible'.
If we keep it up, we will soon paralyze the entire program. If you
wonder why leaders quit, just look at the bureaucratic monster which
is killing us. We sometimes laugh and poke fun at the overly
protective system which the Girl Scouts have created. Well, we are
not far behind.
Just my two cents worth.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City