Re: Attendance rules
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@TCE.COM)
Fri, 5 Jun 1998 13:33:00 -0500
> What does your unit do and what do you think of our moving?
1. What was the purpose of the attendance rule? Why must a Scout
attend a minimum number of events to be eligible to go to summer
camp? Is there limited space and a qualifier was needed to select
the few that go? When my troop has to decide who gets the limited
available slots for a high-adventure trip, we discuss each boy who
has an interest in going and try to reach a group consensus of who
we feel deserves to go with the last slot or two decided by lottery.
This seems to meet everyone's feeling of fairness.
If, on the other hand, the troop was using the attendance requirement
as a stick to get better attendance, I vote for using the carrot
make the meetings and campouts more exciting so everyone will
WANT to come instead of having to be threatened to attend.
2. I feel absolute and zero-tolerance type policies are vary BAD!
Using rules such as those is the coward's way of making a
decision or judgment. It's tougher to look someone in the eye
and say "In my judgment I feel . . ." We should teach the boys
justice and courage through fair and considered judgment. We
should not teach them that life is a bunch of formulas that can be
applied blindly to people.
I applaud you in voting with your feet to not support this kind
of Scouting "program".
Peter M. Murphy :: email@example.com
SM T125, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
Carmel, Indiana :: Del-Mi District, Crossroads of America Council
Life is short, pray hard.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City