Help! SMF and values
George Crowl (WILLIAMM@ZIAVMS.ENMU.EDU)
Thu, 28 Mar 1996 08:40:51 -0700
As you indicate, SETTING THE EXAMPLE is a superb method of
teaching values. I wish that more people did it well!
Scouting uses the adult role model as one of the eight methods of
Scouting, and teaches EXAMPLE as one of the eleven leadership
skills in Wood Badge. But in the last 4-5 years, including the
changes you mention to Scoutmaster Fundamentals (and Wood Badge
and Junior Leader Training Conference) we have begun to try to
consciously teach some things we have done by implication for 85
The act of doing community service provides a visible, "felt" way
of helping people. Usually there is an opportunity to discuss
why we are doing the task, and the Scout can begin to understand
and accept the value of providing community service. "Do a good
turn daily" is just another aspect of that.
Get the videotape on "Reflecting" and review it. This is a skill
that cannot be covered in a short paragraph. However, the
purpose of reflecting is to get boys to think on an experience,
either staged or natural, and draw conclusions from the
experience. Many of those experiences will be those that teach
values. They should, through their innate sense of fair play,
come to the values that the Oath and Law teach.
Problem solving is a conscious application of cognitive thinking
skills. For those of you who have not been exposed to Piaget,
remember that Scout age children are just at the age where some
begin to reason in an adult manner, and some are still reasoning
as a child. Problem solving should help bring along this
thinking process. Problem solving with guidance to consider all
the factors, including ethical ones, is a part of that process.
For older youth, there is a program called "Ethics in Action"
that is useful, and Martin-Marietta also has a program out whose
name I have forgotten.
Essentially, Scouting is not willing to let example be the only
vehicle where we teach values. In the 20s and 30s, I think there
was more "directive" parental and Scout leader emphasis on
values. We as a society seem more reluctant to do that today,
but these three additional tools provide a way to teach values
which may be better internalized because they are less
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