Re: Re: Uniforming
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 6 Dec 1995 12:02:31 -0500
On Wed, 6 Dec 1995, Stephen Hoar wrote:
> How do you know that the methods are working? What is the objective
> standard by which you measure success? What are the measurement
> standards that BSA uses to assess the effectiveness of these methods.
> I see a lot of subjective assertions but little in the actual long
> term measure of their effectiveness.
And, which of the eight methods are more important than the others? Is a
uniform shirt enuf "uniform" to be one of the methods, so that troop &
adult resources are better spent on using one of the other 7 methods, or
does uniforming only work when the cap, neckerchief, shirt, belt, shorts,
sox contribute to BSA operating profit? (The $25 my son spent for his
last uniform shirt is much more than he spends for any of his other shirts.)
Does "adult association" mean that the scout gets to talk with the SM in
a conference when its time for a rank advancement, or does it mean that
each patrol will have an ASM or two available for consultation whenever a
scout feels the need?
Does "outdoors" mean that those scouts who want to can go to summer camp,
or does it mean that the troop has two outings a month?
Does "patrol method" mean that one of the 5 scouts in the troop is the
SPL, one is the PL, and that they call themselves the "Beavers?" Or,
does it mean that the troop is big enuf to have at least 2 separate
patrols who meet separately, plan separately, elect their own leaders,
camp as patrols, or what?
One of my units puts its emphasis on "adult association," and gives lip
service to most of the other methods. Personally, I think that the unit
is cheating the scouts out of the experience that they should be having.
BUT I don't have any data (dogma, yes :-) ) to back up my opinion.
What I'm using the above examples to ask is just this: to what extent
are the 8 methods (1) necessary, (2) nice to have, or (3) superfluous to
achieve the aims of scouting?
Paul H. Brown, UC, GW District, National Capital Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City