First Year First Class too fast ?
Den W Smith (denscout@JUNO.COM)
Tue, 22 Oct 1996 02:25:15 EDT
I've seen several references to the desire to make all scouts first class
in one year. It seams many feel this is too fast. If the new patrol gets
good guidance and really 'learns' the requirements of first class, they
will be ready for high adventure. The promise (page 1) sounds pretty
exciting to me (I made Tenderfoot in 1959), imagine how it sounds to a 11
year old. But all those great happenings are not for the everyday kid on
the street, he could not accomplish much of it. But, that same everyday
kid who just got first class is probably ready to start the 'high
adventure' we call scouting. Earning First Class is 'boot camp' or 'basic
training'. The boy knows the minimum procedures to take care of himself
and others, to be (somewhat) self sufficient in the outdoors.
I am the Asst. SM for new scouts. When I present his First Class badge, A
Scout is ready for the adventure to begin. He can now stop the learn,
learn, learn routine and start the fun stuff we've been telling him
about. Now we can get him hooked on the "rocky Mountain High' that John
Denver sang about. The Trail to Eagle will be a natural thing for some.
For most, First Class or Star, or Life will be the end; but the CHARACTER
he gets will a priceless gift that we helped him to find and develop.
"I want to change the world; and I am. One First Class at a time"
'Delivering the promise'
Dennis W. Smith
Troop 40 Clifton NJ
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City