Re: STANDARDS (LONG)
Ron Raab-Long (raablong@VOICENET.COM)
Mon, 28 Jul 1997 11:26:06 -0400
You have very valid points. Our generation has not done a good job of
raising our children. Collectively, we've passed that responsibility on to
teachers, the government, TV, so called "Child Advocates", and community
organizations such as Scouting. I heard last night that a free summer camp
that the ELks Lodges in our area put on is a school for profanity; that the
CIT's encourage linquistic creativity.
I, like you, cannot condone this. We, as Scouters, must set a better
example for the children we serve. The types of behavior found in other
youth groups cannot be allowed in Scouting.
However, I am concerned when you say that we need to expect more from the
scouts than the minimum. The BSHB gives us the minimum. The Oath and Scout
Law are the minimum. Consider:
A Scout is Trustworthy.
A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is a part of
his code of conduct. People can always depend on him.
A Scout is Loyal.
A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, Nation,
and world community.
A Scout is Helpful.
A Scout is concerned about other people. He willingly volunteers to
help others without expecting payment or reward.
A Scout is Friendly.
A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to
understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs that are
different from his own.
A Scout is Courteous.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows
that good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout is Kind.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentile. He treats
he wants to be treated. He does not harm or kill anything without reason.
A Scout is Obedient.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the
laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are
unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than
A Scout is Cheerful.
A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that
come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout is Thrifty.
A Scout works to pay his own way and to help others. He saves for the
future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses
A Scout is Brave.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to
stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or
A Scout is Clean.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with
those that believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his
A Scout is Reverent.
A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.
We do not need to change anything, or expect more than the minimum. I'll
take these minimum standards any day.
The Scouters I've listened to on this list have stated that we can expect
no-more or no-less than what is written in the requirements. I believe what
you are saying is that certain people expect and accept less than the
minimum. That is wrong. I would give a copy of the Scout law to your
committee member who said it was OK for the Scout to use profanity, and ask
that person where in the Scout Law that type of behavior is allowed. I
can't find it, and I don't think they will either.
Two Bays District, Dover, Delaware DelMarVa Council CC, Troop 903
District Recognition Dinner Chairman Bobwhite, NE-IV-35 Dad
Boy Scout Training Coordinator Problem Captain, Delaware OM
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org District BS Training Coordinator
Of all the jobs I do, I like Dad the best!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City