Re: MB Requirements
Stephen M. hoar (shoar@INFINET.COM)
Sat, 2 Mar 1996 19:56:58 -0500
At 09:37 AM 3/2/96 -0800, you wrote:
The scouting program
>was not designed nor intended to be a perfect organization where everythin
>that is printed is supposed to be done exactly how it is stated. Modifying
>a requirement due to physical requirements is most certainly appropriate.
>The scouting movement has yet to catch up with the mental, physical and
>emotional illnesses and challenges that children in todays society have.
Greg, I agree with you 100% but this comment will stir the ire of a lot
of folks. A lot of folks have a hard time telling the difference
between the letter and the spirit of the law. In our public world there
are many people who live by the letter of the law yet fail to grasp the
spirit of the law, just look at the ethical behavior of many of our
>>Is it fair for a child to work two years to shoot the duck when another
>>did not, would not, or could not ? What about issuing the Rifle Shooting
>>merit badge to scouts who could not shoot straight or Swimming merit badge
>>to scouts who could not swim 150 yards.
>>and the BSA has directives for maintining uniformity across all troops.
This isn't Gregs comment but should it make me feel it is unfair that
the requirements for marksmanship/rifle shooting are not the same as when
I earned it? LIfe changes and so do the things we have to do.
>Again the whole scouting program is not intended to be a situation where
>rules are followed so closely that it hinders the motivation, self esteem,
>character and growth of a child or adult.
>Every effort must be made to follow the requirements as stated. But leaders
>and counselors must have an open mind to determine if a child can physically
>and mentally meet those requirements and they must adjust the requirements
What heresy is this? Are you advocating we that we be allowed to insert
good judgement and be allowed to make adult level decisions on our own?
Steve Hoar in Newark
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City