Re: MB Signing
Greg L. Gough (ggough@MAIL.ORION.ORG)
Mon, 5 Aug 1996 08:45:50 -0500
You are right, there are many differences between Boy Scouts and Cub
Scouts. Perhaps the biggest is the one you just surfaced. In a
nutshell, Boy Scouts is run by the scouts for the scouts with adult
guidance. The main transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts is the
acceptance of this difference and the understanding for it. Boy Scout
age youth are fast becoming young men. They will be confronted with many
situations that will require them to make decisions or take on a
leadership role. Scouting gives them the chance to experience
leadership. This experience also gives them the opportunity to fail with
no real consequence. Sure, they may be inconvenienced or have a less
than organized function but they learn from their mistakes without being
fired, etc. The other scouts also learn from these mistakes. They see
what happens when planning is poor. Hopefully they can avoid some of
these pitfalls when they are leaders.
An integral part of Scouting is advancement. As previously posted,
anyone approved by the Scoutmaster can sign off requirements. This
affords the scouts the opportunity to teach the skills they know.
It gives them a sense of pride and responsibility. I would submit that
making mistakes and forgetting are part of the human condition. No
matter who signs it off; the former will occur. Teaching and experience
are perhaps the best method for long term retention. A few simple
questions during the Board Of Review will uncover most deficiencies. I
hope my view of Scouting helps you understand the differences between
Cubs and Boy Scouts.
SM Troop 201, Ozark, MO. I used to be an Owl but I will always be an Eagle!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City