Re: Misc. / Soapbox
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 15:07:35 -0400
One of the things we need to ask ourselves, upon discovering a Life Scout
who can't seem to start a fire, or who performs first aid improperly, or
who fails to meet our standard (even if it is a pretty low standard) for
some seemingly simple task is
What has this scout's scouting experience been?
and the sub-set of questions:
Has he learned to be a good citizen?
Has he learned good moral character?
Has he learned how to keep himself physically fit?
If the answer to these questions is in the affirmative, then the scout
has gained much from scouting. That he may be a total klutz in the
outdoors is excusable. We needn't think ourselves failures as leaders if
our older scouts aren't immediately ready to assume leadership positions
in a Navy SEAL batallion (or Delta force, or whatever). The outdoors is
a laboratory where the aims of scouting are learned, using the methods of
By saying this, I don't excuse unsafe behavior on the part of scouts, nor
on the part of leaders who are to supervise scouts. The aims can't be
demonstrated on a dead scout, after all.
Paul H. Brown, KD4UPD
I used to be an Antelope, WB 82-66
Pack Committee Chairman, Unit Commissioner, Roundtable Commissioner
George Washington District, National Capital Area Council, BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City