Re: Bribing Scouts
H. Alan Schup (aschup@WHY.NET)
Tue, 10 Jun 1997 21:32:28 -0500
You have hit the nail on the head with your statement that Eagle Rank must
be something that the Scout wants to earn, not his parents. I know of a
scout who was pressured by his dad ("You will not be allowed to take your
driving test until you earn your Eagle rank"). I was not SM, but a
confident to the scout, and this action totally turned him against his dad.
He wanted to earn Eagle on his own and his dad took that away from him.
Sure, he is an Eagle Scout today on paper, but he feels like he is not
because he did not earn Eagle on his own. He carried the resentment
against his dad for ten years that I know of, and may still be carrying it
today. He told me that his Junior and Senior year of High School is memory
surpressed because it hurts him emotionally to remember anything...
There is a big difference between encouragement and bribery, and a very
fine line between bribery and emotional child abuse when you start using
diciplinary actions as the incentive to earn the Eagle rank.
(' o-o ')
H. Alan Schup (email@example.com) Scoutmaster...Asso Post Advisor
Longhorn Council (Ft Worth TX) COPE facilitator...Rifle/Shotgun Instructor
Arrow of Light; Eagle Scout '78 Climbing Tower Instructor...Rock Climbing
|<--=90--<<<| "Nishkin" (#489) Radio MB (N5IJH)...Electricity MB
Woodbadge SC-173 (Eagle) Electronics MB...Safety MB...Computers MB
NESA Life member, Alpha Phi Omega Life Member (Theta Tau), NRA Life Member
Jambo 81 TP "C" / Jambo 85 K2BSA / Jambo 89 TP "C" / Jambo 97 Action A Rifle
oooO ( ) Have patches, will trade
( ) ) /
\ ( (_/
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City