Re: Scouters, Social Workers, Counsellors ...
R.F. Locke (rfl@OFFPRO.NET)
Mon, 17 Aug 1998 19:26:31 -0400
G. John Marmet wrote:
> "[T]he purpose of [the Boy Scouts of America] shall be to promote, through
> organization, and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do
> things for themselves and others, to train them in Scoutcraft, and to teach
> them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtures, using the
> methods whcih are now in common use by Boy Scouts." Section 3 of our National
> Charter. To which we add, in Section 2 of Article I of our By-Laws: "In
> acheiving this purpose, emphasis shall be placed upon its educational program
> and the oaths, promises, and codes of the Scouting Program for character
> development, citizenship training, mental and physical fitness."
A week ago, while I was out of town, I wished I'd had a copy of a
BSA Annual Report so I could use the above quote from the
Congressional Charter. The purpose of the BSA was weighing heavily
on my replies to several individuals on the list.
Interesting how disagreements can get started over the
interpretation of a charter or bylaws, or laws, the Constitution,
We can agree about the educational part but, in reading the self
reliance, Scoutcraft and character building parts, I come away
with a totally opposite view of the Scout Leader as Social Worker.
Far from it.
The closest I'll admit to social work is perhaps being a postitive
male role model to a kid from a single parent (read "Mom") home
who may (or may not) need that.
I'm here to give back and to train boys in Scoutcraft. They are
also going to learn a little bit about personal responsibility -
with help from the parent(s) if necessary. If in the process, a
few boys learn to live by the Oath and Law, that's good enough for
Advisor, Crew 486
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City