Misc. / Soapbox
David F. Delman (Delman01@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 11:01:09 -0400
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 1997 12:06:13 -0500
From: "Blaine A. Jackson" <blainej@JUNO.COM>
Subject: Misc. / Soapbox
First the questions, Then some of my own similiar thoughts
So what did you do?
1> The double hitches on the Monkey Bridge?
-Did you show them the Pioneering Book, or ask them to fix it
in any one of a number of ways.
2> The improper wound protection by a SM
-Did you ask him to do a First Aid Refresher course for his Troop
-Showing him and the boy WAS TERRIFIC.
-Embarrasment does have its place even if uncomfortable for you or me
3> Improper Axe Usage
-Did you ask the SM for HIS Toten Chip so you could chop off a corner
-Also asking the SM to chop off a corner from the boys.
4> First Aid Demo without plastic gloves
-Did you ask them to immediately start using them
-Did you ask them to tell you who approved their 1st Aid Merit Badge
Tough stuff to do with people you like
You are not alone, I too am concerned, but also seem mostly alone except
for members of this list. By the way this is why Scouts-L is so powerful.
Know many a SM, ASM, CC that I would either like to remove from scouting or
send back to Tenderfoot. They continually allow and encourage by inaction,
and non-education unsafe activities and allow behaviors in a troop that are
contrary to the ideals of BSA Scouting. This thought of course is a CAN't DO
and in fact pretty stupid of me to think but sometimes how I feel when
frustrated watching a SM publicly blast a scout or a troop of life scouts
couldn't perform first aid if their friends life depended on it.
I wonder and continually test myself how we as adults, who care, do educate
ourselves, do talk to Council etc and believe in the SO SL SS and SM should
proceed on items as you noted. Each problem is tough and we must act
like Scout Adults which is even tougher. To Care! To Know! To Act!
Eventually would like to see SM Integrity and CC Integrity Certification
adopted into BSA scouting. Maybe even a grading system. SM-Tenderfoot,
SM-2nd Class etc. Knowing first hand about many of these systems as they
really perform in the market place doesn't give me much confidence that
they will improve things unless designed a lot more carefully than the
current market place models and implementation plans.
YiS, IMHO, and May we all attempt to live the SO, SL, SM, SS
Mr Dave (David Delman (Troop:102 (Susquenango Council (Binghamton, NY
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City