Re: BOR Help -- to retest?
Stephen Hoar (hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL)
Wed, 13 Dec 1995 09:46:18 -0500
> training suffices, IMO. Knot tying and outings just keep the scouts'
> attention, while we teach them ethics. Would they show up for 90 minutes
> of ethical training each week, if we just labeled it ethical training?
> I'd say probably not.
> Paul H. Brown, UC, GW District, National Capital Area Council
I enjoy reading Pauls comments as they are grounded in common sense.
Too often we get so focused on the details that we forget the goal. It
all harkens back to the Goal of scouting. Is the goal to produce good
wlderness campers skilled in low impact camping and out door skills?
No. The goal focuses on producing leaders well grounded in the ethics
of what it takes to be a decent and productive member of society. The
BOR therefore should be measuring the progress the scout is making
toward attaining that goal. The skills, the game of scouting is merely
the framework withhin which we take him toward that goal. Where you
have been is not so nearly as important as where you are going.
We need to keep the scouts focused on the goal, measure his progress
toward the goal, and help him overcome those obstacles which might
prevent him from reaching the goal. Some reach the goal at First
Class, some at Star, and others at Eagle. There are even some Eagles
who have yet to reach the goal. (Just review some of the recent mail).
The methods, the camping, the training, the BORS, and all the others
are just tools that we use to help the young man reach the goal.
Steve in Newark
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City