Webelos to Boy Scout, Long soap box type post...
Mon, 27 Oct 1997 19:37:49 -0500
I have to concur, the hardest transition for ANY child to make is from a
structured, how to environment (now glue this thingy here...), to a more
open, goal driven environment (plan and make a thingy that will do the job
that you think this thingy should do). It can be every much as frustrating
for the parent as for the boy. No parent wants to see little Johnny (or
Jenny) languish along with little or no direction. Being highly motivated,
goal oriented beings that they are, they still have little comprehension of
how they got to being that, much less of how to mentor their children to
that same end.
You have to realize that some kids will drift more than others. But,even
then, that big drifter or small drifter, they ALL have to learn how to stay
on task and learn what ever it is they need to learn to advance. This is
just training for life, and the parent that tries to short circuit this
learning curve does their child a grave injustice.
To my best understanding only two percent of all Scouts make Eagle...
only two percent!!! This either means that the system is flawed or that the
process teaches more than the end. As a non-Eagle, only got to Life, former
Boy Scout I have to believe the later. I live each day with the knowledge
that I shoulda and coulda, but DIDN'T. It was a missed opportunity that
drives me to this day... and IF I could go back, I WOULD succeed, but I
can't. I don't languish on it though... I just it as impetuous to NOT MISS
ANOTHER GREAT OPPORTUNITY... yeah, you can call me goal driven... NOW.
So, encourage your children to "Do their Best", teach them about
responsibility and consequences, but let them grow and learn what it means
to be responsible for their own actions... Not enough of that going around
now a days...
Cubmaster Mighty Pack 230
Cub Scout Roundtable & Training Staff
Semoran Springs Dist, Central Florida Council
"Awesome is as Awesome does..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City