Re: Parent Involvment/Camping Involvment
Jim Miller Jr. (jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG)
Tue, 1 Oct 1996 17:30:00 +0000
>I would like to agree with the sentiment that camping, while a useful
>tool, is not mandatory to success as a Scout.
The statement above is one I have to disagree with. The only way we
can arrive at this conclusion is to separate the Aims from the Methods.
In my mind if we separate these, it's just not Scouting any more.
I'll make two statements that may raise some ire, but here goes:
Learning for Life is NOT Scouting.
Exploring is NOT Scouting.
These are different programs that attempt to achieve the same aims as
the Scouting program, but through a different methodology. The same
exact thing can be said for the Boys/Girls Clubs, 4-H, sports teams, and
any number of other youth programs.
Specifically, Exploring, although a program run by the Boy Scouts of
America, uses different methods to achieve the same aims. The Six
Experience Areas of Exploring are similar to the Eight Methods of
Scouting, but they don't turn Exploring into Scouting( that's also why I
can't stand the misuse of the terms as in "Explorer Scout").
When I was young, I didn't want to be in 4-H. I didn't want a Big Brother.
I didn't want to be in Little League. I wanted Scouting - camping, uniforms,
advancement, all of it. Now, I want to provide that same program to those
boys who feel as I did. If not, I would be down at the Boys and Girls Club
once a week.
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