Re: Misc. / Soapbox
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 16:10:37 -0800
Bruce E. Cobern wrote:
> At 04:14 PM 4/16/97 -0400, Lawrence E. Faust wrote:
> > Another sub-set of questions to ask, perhaps the most important:
> > 1) What kind of leadership lets this boy fall through the cracks?
> > 2) Just where have the leaders been between Tenderfoot & Star?
> > 3) How was he allowed to get so far without learning these basic
> > skills?
> But DID he fall between the cracks. Scouting is about character,
> citizenship, and fitness, NOT about skills. The skills are merely part of
> one of the methods to achieve our aims. Thus, any time we have a young man
> who has accomplished our aims we have been successful, whether he retains
> any of the tools that we have taught him along the way.
> Paul's questions continue to be the primary ones we need to ask ourselves
> about a Scout in trying to evaluate the effectiveness of our program.
> Bruce E. Cobern
There have been some good points presented all along on this subject.
You know what I like to see? Well of course you don't-you don't know me.
I was a cub for a year & became a Scout in 1945. I can only recall to
adults with our 3 patrol troop-the SM, a WWI veteran & his wife. At
times it was difficult to tell which was the SM-but did we have fun? You
bet we did. But, if we wanted to go some where we hiked & we sang. We
had fast learners & slow learners-count me in the later. Of course no
more skinny dipping, nor a senior Scout along with a .22 rifle to shot a
rabbit for supper. I like to see boys being boys. Enjoying what they do.
Granted, the conduct of a very, very few, have over-loaded every Scout
function with adults-but it is still possible to watch a future
president, truck diver, doctor, soldier or clerk enjoy their youth &
develope into tomorrows citizens. I fear far too much is demanded of our
"slower" Scouts or those that march to a different drummer then that
DEMANDED by the adult leadership. But on the otherside, I have seen SM's
adjust the program so that those lads that also go out for sports, play
in the band etc., are not punished. I admire the goals of Boy Scouting-&
where can you beat "On my honor I will do my Best?" We all should
remember that one lads "best," is a little better then the ability of
another lad to obtain. "Best" is in the eyes of the beholder-back off a
little adults & smell the roses.
George A. Paccerelli, BSRT Comm. Stevens Dist., INWC-WA&ID "I use to be
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