Re: Misc. / Soapbox
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 22:21:37 -0400
> 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
Some leaders may have been lax. Some may not have had a great outdoor
program, but have required the basic skill to be demonstrated only once.
He may have learned, but forgotten, the basic skills.
When I interview someone to hire, I'm less interested in whether s/he can
read a map than whether s/he can work without much supervision, will be
trustworty, can get along in a peer group, etc. As a father, I hope that
my sons learn these skills, in part, from scouting. I'd like them to
enjoy backpacking with me, sure. But, forced to make a choice, I'd
rather they learned the skills that will help them be a productive member
of society (and support me in my dotage!).
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