Re: Is good enough really *good enough*?
Hodges, Mitch (Mitch.Hodges@TRANSQUEST.COM)
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 12:02:30 -0400
Stan Pope writes....
>I'm probably what you would call a "die hard Scouter"... but I'm sensitive to
>your concerns. I'd like to have something more specific to work on (and
>improve on) but, from your post, I could not identify any specific actions or
>attitudes that caused you distress.
>Can you list some more specifics?
I want to thank Stan and all the others that have written back, publicly
and privately, on this issue. The replies basically confirmed my belief
that Scouting, like most other organizations, is 95% well-meaning, "true
to the spirit" folks, with another small group that may not be so
well-meaning, or at least a little "too" enthusiastic.
Perhaps my "distrust", for a lack of a better term, stems from my own
observation, in my limited experience to date with Scouting, that many
of the most heavily involved persons feel scouting is a "way of life"
(many used that term) while I view anything along these lines (Scouting,
church, school, family) as a "way of shaping a life". Its a subtle
difference that may be lost on some, or seem petty to others, but is
very meaningful to me.
Who we are, and the mark we leave behind when we are done, is a
combination of all experiences we have, good, bad or otherwise. I tend
to "shy away" from any person, group or organization that thinks they
have the complete answer to anything. Most folks don't like
"extremists" even when the "extremists" have good intentions, or are
backing a good cause, such as Scouts (Boy or Cub).
I intend to continue to work with my local troop, and to keep my
children involved, because I do believe there are real, true, good
values to be learned through Scouting. I do not believe, however, that
it is the one, only true way. I will continue, as all of you do, I'm
sure, to keep a vigilant eye out for other opportunities to learn,
shape, and mold myself and the beautiful children that I have been
blessed with. If their interest continues, I will proudly watch as they
grow into Eagles. If they decide to become Extreme Parachuting
Skateboard world-champions, I'll be just as proud and just as joyful for
them. It is, after all, all about the children, isn't it?
Wolf Den Leader
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City