Re: Scout Spirit
Blaine S Nay (b.nay@JUNO.COM)
Mon, 12 May 1997 13:46:08 EDT
On Sun, 11 May 1997 08:21:41 -0400 Mike Norman <phrog1@IX.NETCOM.COM>
>I am interested in how other troops define and measure Scout Spirit. A
>points system has been suggested to the leaders of our troop, where
>deeds or actions are worth points and the scout must earn a certain
>of points to get the required signature for advancement. Has any troops
>there used such a system? Good/Bad idea?
>Thanks in advance!
Scout Sprit is demonstrated when a Scout lives the Oath and Law (i.e.
service, cheerfulness, courtesy, helpfulness, etc.), when he participates
in meetings and outings with his unit, when he sets a good example, and
when he proudly and properly wears his uniform. These are NOT behaviors
that should be measured by a point system, but simply by observing the
character of each individual.
As Scoutmaster I held frequent Scoutmaster Conferences with each of my
boys. These were usually informal, often before or after a troop meeting
or during a quiet moment in the campsite. I don't think my scouts ever
recognized that these sessions were Scoutmaster Conferences, but they
were! They were focused on the needs, progress, and goals of each
I'd ask each boy what he felt Scout Spirit meant to him. I helped him
understand that Scout Spirit is a manifestation of one's living the
ideals of Scouting. I asked each Scout how he felt he measured up to the
standards of Oath and Law and what he planned to do to do better.
In my conferences, I tried to make it clear that every Scout is always
being watched and evaluated as a Scout by countless people -- especially
by his Scoutmaster. If a Scout is showing Scout Spirit, his Scoutmaster
knows it -- he doesn't need a checklist or a roster with merits and
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City