Re: Scouting Mag Flub!
Michael Phelan (mphelan@WESTGA.EDU)
Mon, 23 Oct 1995 15:16:47 -0400
On Sun, 22 Oct 1995, Darrell G. Rice wrote:
> Dear Mike;
> I am glad to know that there are volunteers like yourself and others in
> Atlanta who understand that Scouting is for and about the youth in our
> country. Patch location on a uniform is far less important than raising the
> sights of today's young men.
> Darrell G. Rice
> Marshall District Executive
Dear Scouts-L Subscribers:
I have received so much e-mail regarding my posting on the programs of
the Atlanta Area Council in the Inner-city. The message above is
included as an example of the kind words of encouragement that have been
sent to support our work. Necessity is the mother of invention and I
guess we must have a lot of necessity because of the programs that we
have developed here that have later become national programs (I forgot to
mention Scouting for Food also).
The problems of the inner-cities are no longer confined to those areas.
Drugs, crime and violence are now everywhere. Even in rural areas, Scout
leaders, parents, and teachers are faced with problems that were totally
unknown 15 years ago. These are just magnified in urban areas.
We in Scouting have our work cut out for us. We stand by our Oath and
Law that character and belief in a higher power is a necessity for good
citizenship. Whether a boy is in a ghetto unit or in the richest suburb,
these principles are vital for their long-term success in life. The
pressures that they are under are no where what most of us experienced in
the 50s and 60s as kids. We have to hang in there with them and give
them as much of a foundation that we can and hope that in the future, they
will remember what we are trying to teach them.
I said to one kind Scouter that if I sound like an idealistic crusader,
it's because I believe completely in the power of Scouting to help these
kids regardless as to where they live. The inner-city units just have
Many of you have asked where you can find more information on Operation
First Class and the Special Commissioner Assistant Team (SCAT), as well
as some insight into urban Scouting. May I direct you to Mr. Al
Weatherly of the Atlanta Area Council. Al is a retired DE and heads up
the SCAT team and most of the inner city programs.
Atlanta Area Council
Boy Scouts of America
100 Edgewood Ave, 4th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
I wish each of you the greatest of success in the lives of these boys and
thank you once again for your words of encouragement and support.
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster Troop 33
A Feisty Fox
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City