Methods (Was Re: Re: Uniforming)
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Wed, 6 Dec 1995 12:32:09 -0600
Paul Brown wrote, using several great examples:
>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?
The eight "methods" all intertwine, Paul, in providing that "baseline" of
what a good program SHOULD consist of. Without the adult association, for
instance, Scouts would not receive any form of feedback as to how they are
progressing in rank. They would not be able to do those things needed to be
advanced without working with others and for others, which is ingrained in
the ideals of the program. Nor would they be allowed to do this with their
fellow Scouts, members of their patrol. While much of what we do in Scouting
can be done inside, Scouting is an outdoor program designed to be done with
a group, which means that there's got to be "leaders" and "followers".
Finally, we recognize those steps along the advancement trail with colorful
badges and pins, which belong on the official uniform of the organization,
common to all members of the program and which identifies and recognizes
This builds self-awarness and self-esteem, which aids in the growth of the
Scout. And without that adult association, Scouts would not receive any
form of feedback as to how they are progressing....
So, all eight are NOT "nice to have"...they are (or should be) ingrained in
everything we do with youth in our program. These things are not designed
to be "picked and chosen" with each activity, only to go back "in storage"
when you're done using them...they should be intertwined in all we do.
Now, is some of the methods "superfluous" to what are the three aims we intend
to have as an "outcome" (citizenship, physical fitness, and character
Well...when I have a problem coming up with an answer, I sometimes diagram
things. Here's my diagram solving this:
Ideals (Law, Oath, implementation and
daily usage) Character, Citizenship
Patrol Method Citizenship, possibly Fitness
Adult Association Character, Citizenship
Outdoor Fitness, Citizenship (lead & follow)
Uniform Citizenship (flag respect), Character
Advancement Character (mainly), Citizenship, Fitness
Personal Growth Character
Leadership Development Citizenship, Character
Which became important:
So, if anything is "superfluous" *to me*, it would be the fitness parts of
our methods. It makes sense, because any kid anywhere with or without full
abilities, can indeed become an Eagle Scout. Most importantly, it supports my
personal assertion that you don't have to be physically fit in order to get a
lot from Boy Scouting.
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