Re: Is good enough really *good enough*?
J. Hugh Sullivan (sull@MINDSPRING.COM)
Tue, 15 Apr 1997 11:08:27 -0500
"Hodges, Mitch" <Mitch.Hodges@TRANSQUEST.COM> wrote:
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.
>I have to agree with you Katie.
I must disagree although it may be because I am from a different generation.
I expect I have more interests than most people, been involved in more
activities and spent as much family time. But I never had a part time job
because I always did a lot more than was required so I was rewarded
sufficiently not to have to seek one.
When my 2 boys were in Scouts I made most of the meetings (the oldest had
perfect attencence from Cubs to age 17 - the youngest had 4 years), was
Lodge Advisor for OA, a member of the District Eagle BoR, coached Little
League, refereed Pop Warner and Junior high football games, chaired about 10
civic/fraternal organizations, fished and played golf. The only good thing
about doing only what is required is that you are not asked to do it for
very long or very often. The bad part about doing more than required is that
there is no quitting place.
>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.
No one can make you feel inferior - you can only make yourself feel that
way. Being one of the best at whatever you do is not time dependent. And
remember, when you point a finger of blame, there are 3 fingers pointing
>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
>From the results, you are - what's the problem?
>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
IMO that has to come from within - not from without. Convince yourself. If
your sons are interested in becoming Eagles, you will be making a mistake if
you don't assist them.
Eagle, Class of '43
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City