Re: Scouting and sports
Cindy M. Dietz (CDietzKS@AOL.COM)
Thu, 8 Feb 1996 15:01:17 -0500
So I want to add my two cents on whether sports should have the priority over
scouts, because the coach will bench the scout for missing.
My son does not play sports. He chose to apply himself to scouts. So he is
the kid that makes the troop meetings during baseball, track, crosscountry,
football, soccer, wrestling .... seasons. His eagle COH is sunday, but, I
don't know if he will still be at the meetings after he gets serious about
cars, girls and we all know these two items lead to another conflict of a
boys time 'a job'. What we have found in the troop is that it is hard to
have a BOY run troop when the boys aren't there.
The Troop Committee is now trying to define an SOP on what is "active" as it
would fit our troop. If you give a kid abreak if he is playing sports then
why not when he is working a job? Or do you only consider sports if he is
working on the merit badge? We have agreed on is no troop leadership
position that only requires a patch to be worn on a sleeve. And that only
'Den Chief' would not require the JL to be at troop meeting. Star and above
need a leadership position to advance.
We have a smaller troop (Woodbadge suggested the best all around troops were
20 active scouts.). You can not have very many gone for baseball, track or
football before the troop is in hurts. What about the commitment to the
troop? No matter what size the troop is though if a boy can miss for several
weeks or months and the troop does not feel the loss, then that boy is not
being utilized as he should be.
Life is choices. Jack of all trades, master of none?
I know that I will take flack for my point of view but as an ex-marine I
don't like grey areas.
ASM, Unit Commissioner
HOA, Kaw district, 144 Rainwalkers
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