Re: Is good enough really *good enough*?
Hodges, Mitch (Mitch.Hodges@TRANSQUEST.COM)
Mon, 14 Apr 1997 10:46:48 -0400
Katie Davis writes:
> How many adults do you know who have a full time job (school)
>another part time job ( part time job), spend FAMILY TIME, have another
>interest (personal time) and also devote a lot of time to scouting and
>accomplish more than just the jobs they are asked to do.
(and with apologies to Jim for Peterson for continuing to beat this
horse <grin>, but I'm on the Digest, so don't get the stuff as it
I have to agree with you Katie. This is my first year (and my son's)
involved in scouting. I was not a scout as a child, but involved in
other similar activities (Knights, JROTC, and a handful of others) and
always enjoyed them.
My oldest (a wolf this year) came home very excited about joining scouts
after a presentation by our local troop at the elementary school. I
signed him up, and even allowed myself to be "trapped" into being the
Wolf den leader in what seems to be the standard, though not approved,
get the parents together and tell them somebody has to volunteer speech.
(I had intended to ask if I could help anyway, but I let the other
parents sweat a minute before speaking up <grin>). With two other
younger sons (my boys are 8, 4 and 7 weeks) I figured I was in the long
haul and wanted to be involved in the program.
What I have found, and this is not unique to Scouts, is that there is
always a hard-core group that live, breathe, and die Scouting. I think
that's great, for them. Problem is, it bleeds over to the kids and
those of us that want to help, but aren't quite as "obsessed" about it.
It makes those less involved fill inferior, and makes the program less
rewarding for everyone BUT the hard-core. I see this attitude reflected
in many of the council leaders, and in many folks on this list. Because
I do not spend all my spare time working with the Scouts, I'm somehow
not really accepted, or comfortable (one of the reason's I have
subscribed to this list for some time, but just now contributing).
My 10 wolves all made Bobcat (legitimately) in the first month, and all
made Wolf (legitimately) by the Blue and Gold. Some of them exceeded
the REQUIREMENTS and some did not, but all did what was REQUIRED. I
have lost none of my Den from the original group. I feel I am doing a
good job, though perhaps not as well as could be done if I had had
appropriate training, or better guidance (another issue, another time).
I'm just not completely convinced I want my child associated with a
organization that has some of the die-hard attitudes that Scouting
leadership sometimes portrays. I had hoped to encourage and help all
three of my sons through Eagle. Now I'm not so sure. I'd love to be
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City