Re: Brownsea 98
Tue, 16 Jun 1998 13:19:20 -0400
This is why I say training is most important.
I got a message a couple of days ago after I posted my arguement. It read
something like "If you train an idiot all you have is a trained idiot".
I dumped it fast. I know from experience that the worst "idiot" you could have
in a Scout Troop can become the best leader and guide of youth if he's trained
- in the unit and through the council - to do so.
He may still do something to make you think "what a fool" now and then (my
latest one took Woodcarving MB at Jamboree - twice - because he liked doing
it, instead of getting things to carve from the woodcarving crew and working
on them on his "free time" while he completed other Merit Badges. On the other
hand, he was smart enough to not let me catch him doing it while I worked the
booth right next door...).
But I also know that my wife's retarded brother and "slow" sister have both
been taught how to interact with society and even hold jobs and be leaders in
their jobs - even though some of us would look down and say they were just
service jobs and menial - and even spend several months as employee of the
month, over "normal" kids. So its not just in Scouting that someone knows how
to train people to be leaders (and I've GOT to get my hands on the training
materials from their special program at that school to see wht I can
So whoever it was --- you're wrong.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City