Re: Subject: Re: Completion of all the requirements-stand
Bob Taschler (bob_taschler@PUBLICITAS-USA.COM)
Sat, 12 Oct 1996 11:59:26 -0600
I was going to respond to the issue with an extensive, thorough,
well reasoned reply, but Tom Stoddard said it a whole lot better
than I ever could. Simply put, neither add nor subtract from the
written requirements, period.
As some of you may recall, I had a bad experience this year with
the relaxing of MB requirements at a summer camp; some of which
was quite intentional. I too regard this as dumbing down and
expecting less from our boys just to make them feel good. In the
long run, this is really doing them a disservice.
There is a slippery slope ahead for those who regularly cross
the line. If you let the boy who woke up two months before his
18th birthday and started a 90 day requirement, then the boy who
wakes up six weeks before will expect to be let in too. And then
the boy with only four weeks left, then two weeks. What next?
The appeals process is designed for those who feel that they
missed their deadlines due to reasons beyond their control such
as misinformation from their adult leadership or personal
politics. It was not intended to give clemency for laziness or
lack of responsibility. If this is a youth development program,
then lets try to insure its integrity.
Bob Taschler, ASM, Troop 88, Waldwick, NJ
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City