Re: Culture Meritbadge
Robert M. Lewis (rlewis3@IC3.ITHACA.EDU)
Sun, 22 Oct 1995 12:51:29 -0400
> Perhaps there could be a CULTURE merit badge to study how Culture:
> -allows us to cooperate.
> -is an evolving design for living.
> -is the value system and beliefs that form our behavior.
> -is conveyed (as you say) by teaching and modeling, and by symbols.
> -like genetics, can change. Except Culture can change faster.
> -has a history, a continuum, just as the development of our brain has
> a history that has been added to.
> -is based on a model of reality - our cosmology, or understanding of
> where we came from, how our world works, and our relationship to it.
> Ideally, our cosmology should be an extemely accurate view of
> Scouts could study their unique cultures and our shared Culture -
> local, national, and international. They could answer questions:
> -What is my cosmology, my story? Where did life come from? Where did
> I come from? Who did I come from?
> -What is my personal Culture? What do I believe and value?
> -What is our collective Culture? What is working? What is not
> -What is it our society does not see clearly about reality and life?
> -What can I do (1) physically, (2) mentally, (3) morally to help
> transform our Culture and community for the benefit of all - all
> people and all time?
> Just an idea that seems contemporary and relevant in our time.
I feel that this would be a good Merit Badge to add to our lists,
(especially as a required one). Although Culture Merit Badge would
probably be one of the hardest ones to council and do because eveyone
comes from a diffrent culture. This would encourage and tie together
four ohter merit badges though... All three citizenships and family
life. IMHO, it would give those badges even more meaning than they do
now, I know because they have little meaning to me at this moment, but if
I researched my roots, and how they are connected to the other badges,
then they would most likely have more meaning. :)
If someone from national is on this list, please pass the idea of Culture
Merit Badge on to the appropriate person.
Robert M. Lewis RLEWIS3@ic3.ithaca.edu
ASM T. 88 Waldwick NJ Eagle Class of '95
The above opinions are mine and possibly, but not always, yours.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City