Last Minute Eagles & Lowering the Bar
Bob Taschler (bob_taschler@PUBLICITAS-USA.COM)
Mon, 1 Jun 1998 12:51:33 -0500
This is a tough one which we face too. To me, it is just another case of
lowering the bar so more boys can jump over it with less and less effort. Yet,
compassion and wisdom must rule.
I am reminded of the parable of the vineyard workers who all were paid the same
wages at the end of the day even though some had started in the morning and
others had started in the late afternoon. To those who worked the whole day, it
didn't seem fair that the late comers should be paid the same. Such is the
kingdom of Heaven.
However, we are on earth and must deal with earthly situations with earthly
solutions. In real life the vineyard owner would find that everyone would begin
to show up late in the afternoon and he would be out of business in no time. If
we allow last minute Charlie's to show up after months or years of inactivity
and jump ahead of those who have diligently kept their noses to the grindstone,
then we risk alienating most of the boys in a troop.
It seems to me that it should be the boys who nominate and elect the SPL and
Patrol Leaders, not the SM. Kids know what's fair. Let them make the rules and
they will learn to rule wisely. As for showing scout spirit and having the SM
select a leadership project for the boy, that is within the SM's discretion and
the troop will have to live with it.
In any case, I bid you peace for whatever the outcome should be.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City