Scouters without kids.
Captain Jack (cj123@TCONL.COM)
Sat, 20 Jun 1998 19:43:35 -0500
Just a thought on the question of Scouters who volunteer even though they
don't have kids of their own. One list member was distressed at remarks
that questioned his motives in being a Scouter. It is a bit distressing
that one should even have to worry about whether people will think you are
a pervert for wanting to help a Scout Troop.
I came up in a Troop that was started in the 1950's (i think). The Troop's
first scoutmaster served in that capacity for over 20 years. He had been a
scout before that in the 30's. His son became the Scoutmaster after him and
was my Scoutmaster. He served for almost 20 years. His son, the third
generation of this family, was a Scout at the same time I was. In this
Troop, under the guidance of an experienced Scoutmaster, and his even more
experienced father who was still around and taught us all woodcarving, I
earned my Eagle, was a Brotherhood Arrowman, went to Philmont, and attended
two national and a world Jamboree.
Up to that point, and to the present time almost a decade and a half later,
I consider my Eagle to be one of my greatest accomplishments. I still
remember my Eagle service project and what it required, and I still
remember the satisfaction I felt at my Eagle COH. I helped with a Troop as
ASM during my first year of college, but time, classes, and college parties
conspired to lead me out of Scouting, but I did not lose the desire to want
to give back to Scouting some of what I received, especially that sense of
satisfaction that earning one's Eagle brings to a Scout.
Now. a decade and a half later, I am back as a Scouter. My church formed a
Troop this year and I volunteered to help and became an ASM. I am married,
but don't (yet) have children. And a decade and a half after earning my
Eagle, it is still one of my greatest accomplishments, and is still on my
curricula vita, along with my MD degree, general surgery residency, and
board certification in general surgery.
I make time to be a Scouter because I believe in the Scouting program. It
is not the only path to building character in a person, to teaching the
self-reliance and sense of responsibility and accountability that makes a
successful person. It's not the only path, just one of the best. It's a
shame that our society has become so suspicious and paranoid that
questioning a volunteer's motive is the order of the day, and worse still
that the suspicion and paranoia is seemingly justified by the all to
frequent occurence of abuse.
I don't have an answer to the problem, only one point of view. Thanks for
letting me share it.
Dean R. Adams, MD
ASM, Troop 494
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City