Re: Re: Uniforming
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 30 Nov 1995 11:12:17 -0500
On Thu, 30 Nov 1995, Peter Farnham wrote:
> The methods of scouting (advancement and outdoors in particular) are
> often confused with the "aims" of scouting, which are threefold:
> character development, personal fitness (both physical and mental),
> and citizenship training. Some units also think they can pick and
> choose which methods they can use. WRONG! All eight are important,
> and in a well-run troop all are present.
Sounds like we could start a discussion on which of the aims should be
given the most emphasis (I was going to type "most important," but
thought better of it.), and which of the methods are most useful for
achieving which of the aims.
Do scout units develop character w/o using the patrol method? Probably
so. How important is an outdoor program? Is an annual summer camp enuf
to qualify, or is a two-nite weekend each month required? I suspect none
of the scouts in one of my troops has done a good turn for months, yet
they camp monthly. Perhaps the emphasis is wrong?
Lets hear it. Can the scouts achieve the aims of scouting with leaders
that are appointed by adults, where the program is planned by the unit
committee (or dictated by the COH), in units that are too small for the
patrol method, and with just occasional outdoor activities? Which of the
methods are essential, and which are frosting on the cake?
Paul H. Brown, UC, GW District, National Capital Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City