Re: Arrow of Light
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Fri, 21 Feb 1997 23:24:21 -0500
At 07:54 AM 2/21/97 +0000, Mark Phillips wrote:
>This would not and WILL not ever happen in my pack. Boy Scouts are
>not for everyone, and I look at the AOL as a CUB SCOUT award that
>they have earned and will receive with my pack. Two boys never went
>to the Scout meeting my Webelos leader setup, but they still received
>their AOL last night at our Blue and Gold.
So, let me see if I understand what you are saying. One of the requirements
for the Arrow of Light requires the Webelos Scout to visit a Scout troop,
also to obtain an application, fill it out, have his parent sign it, and
then discuss his interest (or lack thereof) in joining Boy Scouts with their
You say you have Scouts who have done none of the above, yet you awarded
them the Arrow of Light anyway, because the only thing that is important is
that they have fun. Did I understand correctly? I hope not. I hope I am
What other requirements do you ignore? What message are you sending to
those Scouts? That rules can be ignored? That even though they don't do
what they know is required they will get the reward anyway? What about the
Scouts who work hard to meet all of the requirements? What message are you
sending to them? That next time they needn't work so hard because they'll
get the recognition anyway, even if they don't fulfill the requirements?
I understand that in Cubs there is the concept of doing their best. But
there IS a difference between doing his best and not doing at all. I would
suggest that you rethink this policy because you are really doing your
Scouts a disservice.
Otherwise, please tell me where I misunderstood your post.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City