Knots and Eagles and BOR ...
Rob Morley (Rmorley@STATE.MA.US)
Thu, 14 Dec 1995 12:26:14 GMT
Forwarded to: ISMTP@Gateways@state.ma.us[SCOUTS-L@TCUBVM.IS.TCU.EDU]
Comments by: Robert Morley@ELE@FWE Portland
I recieved this message from Scott. His E-Mail account is having a problem
sending messages to the listserv, so he asked if I would forward this for him.
-------------------------- [Original Message] -------------------------
I'm replying to the discussion about BoR and retesting. I just read
through the digest of the List. I think the pupose the BoR is to see
if the Scouts is making progress in becoming a better person. Does
the scout live by the Law and Oath? Specifically, IMHO, if the scout
is "... to do his best.. to help other people at all times..."
wouldn't that suggest that basic and fundemental skill learned should
be kept. Please let me refer to an article in The Scouter's Journal.
THe article notes that several Eagle scouts are being recommended for
saving another Eagles life. I'm refering to page 18 and the Eagle
that was hurt was Brad Bagan. They did this by remebering to make
sure that when Brad had injured his spine and was not moving, - NOT TO
MOVE HIM. The Scouts made sure that no one else moved him either.
Later, doctors informed them that if Brad had been moved he would have
died. This is a prime example of what scouts should do and know. If
one of the boys had moved Brad would you be willing to say to the
parents that the boy didn't know what to do because "we didn't feel
that it was important enough". I'm NOT saying that the boy in
question is not a good kid or even did something wrong, but if he knew
what to do Brad, hypthetically of course, would be alive. KNowledge,
and retention of that knowledge, is power - the power to save a life.
I was a Life scout over ten years ago (almost Eagle but that's another
story) and I still remeber all my basic knots and first aid. I think
that achievement is a credit, not to me, but to BSA. I may be able to
save a life today because of it.
ASM, Troop 67
Old Colony COuncil
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City