Re: What National should really be looking at!
Mon, 9 Feb 1998 09:29:07 -0800
On Mon, 9 Feb 1998, John A. Gasink wrote:
> 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.
No John, I think you miss my point.... I nevr said that everyboy has
to spend a period of time in the wilderness, which I am told was at one
time required of Eagle Scouts... but that a Scout can now complete the
entire program without ever being exposed (above the minimum level as
required on the Trail to 1st Class) to any...and I did not say all,
of the things that seperate a BOY SCOUT from an AYSO particpant.
Our troop is situated in the San Francisco Bay Area, in a large suburb
and while we do have excellent access to many wilderness area... we also
have a number of Orienteering courses set up in town for Scouts who
desire to to complete...
and there is nothing wrong with constructing a "pioneering" brigde in an
urban park.... you should see the crowd you will draw... an excellent
The point which I think you missed was my notion that a boy can now
become an Eagle Scout by doing little more than any other fairly active
boy does in his everyday life... nothing is needed to set him
apart.... he can learn little of the survival skills that might someday
make him the "hero" of a situation where all others stand around and gawk
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City