Re: Questions from my Troop&Patrol
Branden Morris (morris@NET1PLUS.COM)
Wed, 15 Jul 1998 12:26:45 -0400
At 9:31 AM 7/15/98, John Peschken wrote:
>You know ... I keep subscribing and unsubscribing to this list, and stuff like
>this is the reason. One minute I feel like I'm getting good information andthe
>next minute things get bogged down in something like the details of uniforming.
>People start demanding rule book citations from each other, and I quickly lose
>If this were a discussion about what's the best for the Scouts, instead ofabout
>who's interperetation of the rule book is correct, I might be interested.
Thanks for the comments. I fear, however, that you've misread my point.
Perhaps knowing might change your opinion -- perhaps not :)
In any case, don't let a thread that you're not interested in make you
unsubscribe. If you're not interested, just delete me. Look for the info
you need to make yourself successful.
To me, the issue isn't mainly about the uniforming itself. Yes, that's
important, but what's more important is the underlying issue. What kind of
example do we set for our Scouts? Why does the BSA have policies, and why
is it important to follow them? Should we encourage people to "break the
rules," even uniforming ones, for what is superficially or circumspectly a
"good reason?" Or are we better off showing an explaining the right way to
do things? In my eyes, the answer is clear. All of our adult and youth
leadership training stresses that we set the example.
To me, that's where the disagreement lies. If a kid wears two sashes, or
any other variation of standard uniforming, will it kill him and the
program? Most likely not. If an adult leader intentionally twists and
manipulates the program, does that send a harmful example to the youth?
Yeah, I think it does.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City