Re: to medal or not to medal
Susan Best (sbest@NET-THING.NET)
Tue, 9 Jun 1998 22:57:50 -0500
I've been following the thread about underachieving Scouts, pushing
Advancement, etc. I can't say that I disagree with any of the comments
about advancement is a method, not the goal, etc. I'm not in favor of
overly pushing Scouts into advancement, or becoming "merit badge mills".
However, I believe we have to be careful not to become too laid back and
leave it all up to the Scout. Most of us, youth or adult, need some gentle
pushing (or sometimes a swift kick in the pants) to achieve what we can.
We don't always understand the ramifications of doing or not doing
something, particularly the youth. How many times have you thought, "If
only I had known, I would have worked harder for that." I would prefer
that our Scouts not feel regret later that they only got to, say, Second
Class and wish that someone had helped to encourage them along the way.
It's a fine line that must be walked between _encouraging_ the Scout and
being overly pushy.
Sometimes I feel that just allowing the Scout to progress at his own pace,
with little overt encouragement, is like presenting a young child with a
whole buffet of food, with vegetables, meats, and desserts, and telling the
child that they can eat whatever they want. Which is the young child most
likely to choose? Most kids I know would choose the desserts. Is that
good for them? Now I realize that, as has been said in earlier posts, a
Scout can gain benefit from the program without advancing, which is not
true in the dessert analogy. However, I think the point is still valid.
Just another side of the coin.
Troop 296, Troop Committee, outgoing Newsletter Editor (just finished the
last one!!) and incoming Advancement Chair
I used to be an Eagle
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City