Re: Troop Neckerchief
Jeff Bogart (jeffbogart@LUCENT.COM)
Thu, 24 Jul 1997 10:58:14 -0600
Allen Maddox wrote:
> I'd personally like to stick to the troop neckerchief.
Scouting has a solid and well thought out program with a lot of support
elements. Uniforms are part of that support system. There are some
areas where a wide latitude exists to adapt the program and support
elements to your own particular situation.
Our goal is to bring Scouting to as many young people as we possibly
can. So the question to ask should not be based on "I'd personally
like..." but what would they personally like. As leaders we must make
judgements about the desires our youth want to see as part of the
program and when it fits, we all come out winners. When their desires
are not appropriate, our challenge is to help them realize that so that
it is no longer their desire (now it's their idea again) and they can
take ownership of the options they have.
Do this, and you'll grow because you will create an environment where
our youth recognize that you care about them and their interests. Push
your own ideas over theirs and you establish a heirarchy that today's
youth feel like they already have too much of.
P.S. I like neckerchives as well and model that wherever I go (except
in the dead heat of summer). I make a lot of neckerchieves from cloth
remnants on which I put favorite activity patches - interesting
discussion starters when not representing my unit.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City