Godbout, Marc (GodboutM@ANDOVERCONTROLS.COM)
Wed, 19 Feb 1997 13:47:02 -0500
Steve brings up a point that has always bothered me. How many scouters
are in it for themselves first and the boys a distant second? I see it
more at the district level than at the troop level (don't know about
How many camporees have you been to where just as much time is spent
thanking the adults running the show as on handing out patrol awards?
District Awards Dinners
I'm a counselor for the safety merit badge. I usually recommend that
the boys hold a family meeting to complete a couple of the requirements.
One boy told me "Well, I'll just have to have it with my mother and
sisters; my dad is never home". Dad is with the district and spends
most of his weekends and evenings at meetings.
Knots (the ones worn on uniforms, not the ones the boys tie)
How many troops have been started because the scoutmaster had always
wanted to be a scoutmaster, not because of any need in the town? I know
of at least one.
It's not all bad, because even though someone is doing it for himself or
herself, quite often a lot of good makes its way to the boys. I just
wonder how much more could filter down if some of the scouter social
club remembered why they are there. I believe it's called the "Boy
Scouts of America", not the "Good Ol' Boys Club of America".
One way to get the point across might be to not issue membership cards
to adults. We are not, and never should be, "members" of the BSA.
Instead, we should get different colored cards saying that we are "adult
volunteers" with the BSA.
Anyway, I'm sorry if I've offended anyone (maybe not - if you're
offended, then maybe you fit the description), but I had to get this off
SM Troop 98
ASM Troop 412
>From: Stephen Hoar[SMTP:shoar@INFINET.COM]
>Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 1997 12:44 PM
>To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
>Subject: Re: Boys/Girls
>What of heresy is this!! How dare you suggest that this is a Boy Run
>organization!! Its the adults that know best! Ask them! Just look at the
>discussions on AOL crossovers, wearing beads, and merit badge completion!
>In all their discussions about what adults should do, wear, and control,
>the adults seem to forget that they would serve no purpose in the
>if it were not for the boys! If some adults would spend a lot less time on
>having things their way and redirecting their energies to the boys, just
>think of the problems we could solve.
>Steve in Newark
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City