Re: What National should really be looking at!
John A. Gasink (jgasink@CSRLINK.NET)
Mon, 9 Feb 1998 09:58:49 -0500
Tried to send this privately - kept getting "errors" from mail system
> Art, Scholarship, Music, Coin Collecting, Collections, Computers, Model
> Design, Law, Drafting.. etc etc....
> With a selection from this group, and there are others, A scout could
> achieve the rank of Eagle without ever having taken Pioneering,
> Orienteering, Wilderness Survivial, Fish and Wildlife... or any of the
> other badges that makes a scout different from any average High School
> For my money you can take the three Citizenship Badges and lump them into
> one... Safety? can you say Emerengcy Prep....
> It seems to me that aside for the 20 nights of camping.... A successful
> Scout can not be differentiated from almost any other moderately involved
> youth in today's society.
> I thought Scouting was to introduce boys to those things he would not
> encoutrer in his everyday life....not give him credit for them....
> stan rudnick
> Advancement Chair
> BoR Coordinator
> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
> We live together, we act on, and react to, one another;
> but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves.
> The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena;
> they are crucified alone. A.H.
me thinks you miss the point, becomining an Eagle is not about mastering
outdoor skills, its about becoming a better citizen. While I would hope
that our scouts are out enjoying this country many of them have
extremely limited exposure to the wilderness.
Also each and every one of our boys is different and the program
recognizes that - we require the same skills from all of the boys to get
to first class, from there its up to each individual to direct his quest
to become an eagle.
In this technological society a scout might just be better off taking
computers & model design than taking orienteering & fish and wildlife.
Scouting teaches a core set of values - citizenship, personal
management, family life and then lets the scout add to that core, its
what helps to make us all successful.
As you may notice I'm an Eagle - my first merit badge was music, my
second model design, but I also earned hiking & camping, canoeing &
rowing - the program fits each boy to HIS needs, as it should be.
JOHN A. GASINK - East Stroudsburg, PA
Pokawachne Chapter Adviser - Lead, Follow or Get OTTER the Way
Witauchsoman Lodge #44
Eagle 81,Vigil 91, Cast Member - Odyssey of the Law NJ97
I used to be a Golden Eagle - NE-IV-50
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City