Re: Young MB Counselors
Mark C Keeney (markkeeney@JUNO.COM)
Fri, 8 Aug 1997 07:04:32 -0500
I haven't been following this thread very closely because I am currently
involved with Cub Scouts. But I read a few and I just had to comment.
>In practice, most Scout camps can't attract enough 18 year old staff
>members because they don't pay enough, the term of employment isn't long
I worked on staff at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in the Heart of
for two years after the age of 18. The merit badge Lodges were all
one 18 year old paid staff counselor and assisted by a small staff of
(2 T-shirts and a neckerchief) We have no OA program but we have
program that is progressive even to adult. This helps bring the staff
This is NO slam on OA. We just don't have both programs at this camp.
> I can't believe it, somebody finally got it. You don't have to be old
> to know enough to teach a merit badge or do other things most people
> think should be left for adults.
Youth can teach yes but the youth doesn't have the maturity
needed to help the difficult youth, especially if the learner
is near the same age as the one teaching. (They don't let schools be
> Youth have creativeness and other things that an
> adult could never bring to a MB class or other meeting.
I beg your pardon? Creativity isn't lost with age just foolish tricks
The real point is that it is OK for youth to do the instruction with
But the responsibility for the final product must be taken on by an adult
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City