Re: New problem...
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 14 Nov 1997 21:50:27 -0500
For the belt loops, a Cub doesn't have to be a member of an existing
sports team. The idea is for the Cub to try several sports with the hope
that he will find one or more that he enjoys and that he may latter
participate in more fully leading to better physical fitness. To meet
the requirements it is fine for a Pack or a couple of dens to form up
teams and play a sport (provided they have the right number of players
for the sport). This team participation is enough. So it may be
possible that these other Scouts played on a team in a sport without
being in a league or other organized effort, which would be enough.
Now on the other hand, if they never even played on a team like that
described above, their leader was doing them a disservice by allowing
them to get a beltloop without having a chance to try out the sport.
We run into all types of leadership with volunteers. Some good, some not
as good as we would like. Some get too enthralled with getting badges
passed out and some never light the fire under a kid. In either case we
can always nudge 'em along to realizing that advancement works when we
really motivate a boy to do his best and give him the opportunity to try.
Sounds like you are doing a good job of this with your boys. No doubt
they'll have a rich experience.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
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