Mystery Event Cynicism
Michael Derleth (75112.1671@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Mon, 11 Mar 1996 09:48:17 EST
Gary Sherwin amd Earl Needham have commented on a 'mystery
event, where Scouts were given an opportunity to help and none did.
Further, Sherwin was chastized for the ruse because "kids are told
not to talk to strangers'
Well, the 'don't talk to strangers' rule is to prevent harm. If it
was a single scout, alone, there may have been a valid concern.
As described, on a sled trail with a whole patrol of Scouts, there
should not have been a safety concern. Using the YPP logic, the
presence of a group of scouts is a powerful bar to anyone wishing
Additionally, the fact that the situation was set up on a sled trail where
other groups would be past frequently was another bar to problems.
Scouts could have also sent someone back to the start to get/notify
the adult leaders in charge, which I would view as acceptable.
IMHO, the Scouter who chastized Gary for the scenario was dead
wrong. He was likely blustering to defend the sorry action of his troop.
This type of surprise scenario is needed more often to get
our scouts and leaders -actually thinking again-. It's an idea I will
have to consider next time we plan a district camporee.
My .02 Your mileage may vary.
Mike Derleth, ASM T3, Sterlington LA.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City