Re: silly posts
Pete Murray (pjmurray@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Sun, 11 Aug 1996 21:50:39 -0400
>Let's try and keep the discussions relevent to scouting issues
John, Fred, and any others who may read (or trash) this post...
Wether we are a Scouter or a Scout, a Cub, a Webelos or a Tiger, one
of the main purposes of the Scouting program is to prepare us for "life".
Not just part of our life, but for ALL of our life. It teaches us specific
skills as well as how to make the best use of what resources we have at
hand. Scouts-L is one of the best resources I have ever seen, not only from
its firm grounding in "policy" but even more so in it's diversity. The
"silly posts" are like those camp fires in my youth. We talked about almost
anything, from solving complex world problems to which is the quickest way
to tie a bowline. Informality was the rule and if there was any question
then we would all chime in. I remember fondly all of those gags, skits and
jokes we would hash out for simply hours on end. The first one to bed would
always miss out, you just didn't want to leave. Like that ditty on the
english language, or the earlier one on the IRS... those left me laughing
and ready to meet the next challenge in my life.
I guess the point is, who can decide which is more germain to
Scouting??? How to work a VCR, or how to pitch a tent??? Do they both
present us with a challenge??? Are they both needed skills??? Well, I am not
so sure about the tent, but you get my point (grin). Anything that increases
self confidence and resourcefulness is fair game for Scouting... even if it
is non-traditional. I remember the outcry when they put in the treatment of
rat bites in the first aid sections. Non-traditional??? At that time it was,
but it was also needed by the urban scouts.
Finally, I LOOK for those silly posts. I was hoping to find one when
I first opened up this thread... oh well. Still, not everything here on
Scouts-L is suited for me. I sometimes throw out over fifty percent of what
I d-load. But I will never ask those intrested in the finer points of the
Scout Law to "lighten up". Thats what they come here for, just as I come for
all of the silly posts. So please, all of you silly posters... keep
posting!!! They help round out my collection of "sparklers"....
AKA "Goodyear Pete", Hey you!, Mr. Cubmaster, and the "Professor of Cooking"
"Awesome is as awesome does..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City