Re: Mystery Event Cynicism
George Costigan (GCostigan@AOL.COM)
Sun, 10 Mar 1996 12:03:33 -0500
In a message dated 96-03-10 09:27:38 EST, Gary Sherwin writes about cynicism
after a Mystery Event during his Klondike Derby :
>Oh welll, Everyone knows that I am a dinosour when it comes to
>these things. Am I wrong to teach involvement and risk taking
>are a neccessary part of the scouting lifestyle?
If your a dinosaur, then you're the kind of dinosaur I want to be and I want
my boys to be when they grow up!
If we are not teaching involvement, we are not teaching citizenship,
character building or fitness. We are thus not providing Scouting. As for
risk taking, I don't see that in the example shown above, but if we have done
an adequate job as Scouters, we have already helped the boys minimize their
risks by keeping them aware and prepared.
As for setting an unfair standard for the boys, I dont think the scoutmaster
that berated you was thinking it through. All we have ever asked our boys is
to Do Their Best. We need to keep them thinking that Scouting isnt always
camping and contests; it is these guided discoveries that help bring the
values we try to teach to the forefront.
One of the shames of all this discussion is that we have to reward or issue
credit to get these boys looking for opportunities to help; maybe that was
thast scoutmaster's major objection: the large flashing neon "help us and get
a big prize" sign wasn't out.
George Costigan, CM Pack 157
Herndon, VA National Capital Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City