to medal or not to medal
Berk Moss (mossfam@TELEPORT.COM)
Mon, 8 Jun 1998 18:58:05 -0800
Let's do a little check off.
The goals of scouting are Characer, Citizenship, Fitness.
O.K. The guy that is registered and has the character and sense of
community to risk himslef in using his fitenss to rescue the child.This
seems like what we are trying to build. Recognize him and recognize that
(not earning Eagle aside) scouting builds people we want in our community.
We should maximize the contact a youth has with the program, but every
non-Eagle is not a faiure. We just get "a partial" on some. Like merit
badges at summer camp. Many of us who did not make Eagle as a youth, are
still guided by the ideals we learned in the program.
Now is the young man "active"? The legalistic test is "Is he registered?"
My test is does he try to live the Oath and Law in his daily life. He gets
a yes on both counts. Attendance at meetings and participation in the
methods of scouting help him learn to live the oath an law but are not the
basic goal of scouting.
Character, Citizenship, Fitness. We have reason to celebrate the success of
this young man. Do a public ceremony, if that is what the Scout wants.
Yours in Scouting
Berk Moss Pioneer District Advancement Committee
Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 427 Cascade-Pacific Council
Multnomah Village, Portland Oregon O/A Brotherhood
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