Re: Advice needed
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Wed, 7 Feb 1996 12:45:41 -0600
> >I think that the most important thing
> >is to avoid being coercive.
> So how come coaches can be coercive and "bench" kids who miss a practice to
> attend a scout event but turn about isn't fair play. Iknow, Boy Scouts are
> supposed to be nice guys (gals?) whereas coaches are supposed to be obnoxious
I always look at Scouting from this perspective, the boys are more
important than the program. I encourage boys to be involved in several
things, it makes them well rounded. In comparing sports committments to
Scouting committments you have to consider a few things.
I've never had to forfeit a camping trips because I was missing Scouts,
coaches might have to forfeit a game for lack of the required number of
A sport is a short intensive program, mostly lasting a few months,
whereas Scouting is a long term committment, year round, for several
years. If a boy comes to me and says he really wants to participate in
an upcoming sport and it will conflict with Scouting, I say go for it.
When the sport is over, we'll still be here. A coach does not have that
I'm interested in the long term growth of boys. Boys do not live by
Scouting alone. I've been involved in Scouting and sports both. They
are each great opportunities.
Sometimes people ask me how Scouting can compete with all these sports and
other interests out there for boys these days. My answer is this, we
don't compete with them, we cooperate. We're basically working towards
the same goals, offering a positive program for growth.
The things I compete against are street gangs, drugs, alcohol abuse,
illiteracy, childe abuse, criminal activity, and anything else that is
negative for boys.
YIS, Cliff Golden firstname.lastname@example.org First Lutheran Church; DeKalb, IL
Scoutmaster Troop 33 Three Fires Council, Illinois
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City