Re: Are We In It For Ourselves?
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Fri, 21 Feb 1997 17:10:47 -0600
Are we in Scouting for ourselves?
I think any of us who admit to enjoying Scouting obviously would have to
plead guilty to being in it for ourselves, at least partly.
I have been continuously registered since Bobcat. I am not enjoying my
second childhood, I'm just prolonging my first.
Sometimes I do see adults who seem to enjoy each others company very
much. I think that is fine. If their fun starts taking a higher
priority than the boys' fun, then there is a problem.
I think we can derive a lot from the program for ourselves, that's OK.
It's a matter of priorities. The #1 priority must always be the boys,
always the boys.
Keep their needs as the guide you follow, their viewpoint the perspective.
from which you see things. Keep it their program with you trailing along.
Once it becomes your program with them trailing along, you've lost
something very basic to Scouting.
Keep it a game, but a game with a purpose. Be an older brother leading
your younger brothers in the game of Scouting (to paraphrase B-P).
Keep the boys #1, then have as much fun as you want, and don't feel
guilty about it.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City