Re: Things that make you go hmmmmmm....
Neil Lupton (NeilLup@AOL.COM)
Mon, 16 Feb 1998 01:19:33 EST
In a message dated 2/16/98 12:46:25 AM, payne5@SWBELL.NET wrote:
<<I found this on a web site, and thought that it made for some
interesting reading. >>
What an amazing document! Having said that, I am not sure there is anything
they are doing which is contrary to the "official" rules.
As has been written many times on this list, the only basis for not crediting
a Scout with time toward advancement is if he is declared an "Associate"
member. This unit has made exceedingly formal the process of shifting a Scout
from Active to Associate and back, but that is what they are doing.
Their merit badge policies also seem in line with the rules. They are just
stating very officially what merit badge cards the SM will sign and which the
SM will not sign.
There is no way that anyone can say that the rules in this troop are not
exceedingly clear and known to all. That being said, these rules seem
extraordinarily draconian. However, I suspect they have been in effect for
many years and this troop is "the thing to do" in their community. So it
works for them. But if anyone who didn't have that kind of history tried it,
the results would well be very different. I might comment that many youth
sports teams have rules this strict or more and the result commonly is that
boys miss Scout meetings because if they are terrified that if they miss team
meetings, practices or games for ANY reason, they don't get to play and may
well be thrown off the team.
I particularly don't like the idea of lock-step advancement. It seems very
contrary to what we normally encourage. I do know that when I have been in
organizations (work, etc.) which have this kind of regulation structure,
personally I don't do well at all.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City