Re: Scouting and sports
Kim Hannemann (KHANNEMANN@WORLDBANK.ORG)
Thu, 8 Feb 1996 13:55:05 +0000
Cliff Golden (bless him) wrote:
"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
"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 players.
"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 luxury.
"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
"The things I compete against are street gangs, drugs, alcohol abuse,
illiteracy, childe abuse, criminal activity, and anything else that
is negative for boys."
I wanted to endorse Cliff's statement and I looked for the pithiest
part to quote, so I wouldn't be accused of overquoting. But there is
nothing I could afford to snip out. Every word - and no less -
expresses exactly how I feel about it.
Kim Hannemann (KHannemann@worldbank.org)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City