Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 21 Feb 1997 to 22 Feb 1997
J. Hugh Sullivan (sull@MINDSPRING.COM)
Sun, 23 Feb 1997 09:55:04 -0600
At 12:00 AM 2/23/97 -0600, Blaine Jacksonblainej@juno.com wrote:
>You are asking a very nervous 14 to 17 year old a question he probably
>has not thought about. He is being considered for (almost certainly) the
>highest award he has ever earned. He knows that if he answers your
>question "Yes, I think girls should be allowed in boy scouts.", you will
>ask, "Why?" He will then be forced to try to defend an opinion contrary
>to the rules of BSA; not a very welcome idea for a boy in his position.
In the main, your presumptions are incorrect. After questions on the Oath,
the candidate is informed that his answers will not be considered right or
wrong and that we are there to find out what he thinks - not to debate him.
Both you and the candidate should expect the question "Why?" to almost any
answer; usually the candidate explains without being asked. A question about
future direction does not require one to either defend or disagree with the
past. Our candidates are between 13-17.9+. You are right that most are
nervous but that ceases when they start enjoying the experience.
>In each case, if the boys says he
>thinks co-ed boy scouts is a good idea, he can expect to have to defend
>his opinion to an adult whom he probably assumes disagrees with him.
Why should he assume that? A number of adults think BSA should be coed; much
of the world is. You have merely shown the fallacy of assuming.
>One thing virtually all of the boys have learned is to answer a difficult
>question by telling us what we want to hear.
I have been on the Board so long (I've missed 4 in 25 years and 2 were my
sons) that the candidates in this district know to avoid that tactic - they
know we are not adversarial, just tough enough to make them think.
Again I point out that my previous response is good under the parameters I
specified - no more, no less.
>Blaine Jacksonblainej@juno.com SM T450, Bentonville, Arkansas1st
>SA Jambo T1807I used to be a Bodacious BobwhiteI am a RazorbackChickens
>can't fly, so I am raising EaglesNon habeus malus, habeus equs
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