Victims of Success
Wed, 28 Aug 1996 11:38:50 -0400
Our troop had a very active year ending with a week of summer camp in
which (according to the camp), our group earned more merit badges per boy
than any troop in the last three years. The boys are mostly 13 and under.
They reflect a good balance between Scouting spirit and an interest in
meat-and-potatoes outdoor skills.
The problem is that in the 2 weeks since their return from summer camp,
the parents of four boys have used grounding their sons from weekly
meetings and a campout as punishment for everything from "laziness" to
sibling rivalry. One father plans to take his son out of Scouts until the
first report card of the year as an incentive for an improvement in
grades. His is open to discussing the issue with me further, and I plan
to approach the problem from the perspective of the three aims of
Scouting. Our SM is also going to address the issue at a Court of Honor
All of the "guilty" parents care deeply about their sons' development, and
some should know better as they themselves come from Scouting families. I
remember a couple of exceptional posts on this subject earlier this year,
and would appreciate it if anyone could remind me as to what month it was
and what the thread was called. I plan to request the month's file from
the listserve and search it with a word processor unless there is a way of
requesting the posts directly.
Also, does anyone have any experience in integrating middle school gifted
programs with the merit badge program? This might provide the boy who is
being pulled out of Scouts with an incentive to work on independent study
projects relevant to his true passion in life: Scouting's outdoor program.
He told me that he applied to the gifted program for this year when he
learned that the "nerds" go to a climbing gym....
ASM, Troop 108
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City