Re: Delaying Advancement
John S Peschken (jpeschken@JUNO.COM)
Tue, 22 Jul 1997 19:21:03 -0500
>While a ________ Scout, serve actively X months in one or more troop
>positions of responsibility.
>It does not say "serve well" or "to the SM's satisfaction".
It seems to me that doing it _someone's_ satisfaction is implied in
nearly every requirement. It doesn't say how well, or how fast you must
must recite the Scout Law. It doesn't say exactly how well you need to
tie a bowline. The canoeing merit badge doesn't specify what %
mechanical efficiency you need in your J-Stroke. It's all in whether
that Merit Badge Counselor, or the leader signing off that Tenderfoot
requirement is satisfied that you have attained a reasonable level of
proficiency, or at least made a reasonable effort. I don't see why this
requirement would be different.
If there's no room for the judgement of leaders in Scouting, all I can
say is, we're in deep doo-doo.
On the other hand, I completely like your thought that asking the Scout
how he lives the law is the best way to find out. At the same time, if
little Johnny is constantly trying to duck work on campouts, or doesn't
ever show for service projects, I think it's very valid to ask him how
this is consistent with "A Scout is helpful".
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City