Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Scouts missing school
Scouts missing school
Mon, 5 Oct 1998 11:19:10 -0700
First of all, I'm going to be real nit picky here - the event you are
speaking about is not a Naval Academy camporee. Yes, it is held there,
but it is not sponsored by the Naval Academy as has been implied. It is
put on and run by the Naval Academy NESA organization. It is run and
taught by the Midshipmen who are Eagle Scouts. To me, being from the
area, this does not mean that it is a Naval Academy event.
As far as missing school, the midshipmen have classes that day. The
problem is for those units who are traveling a distance. And it is
educational. Treat it as a college evaluation. Many of these boys
could wind up going there so why not look at it in that manner. Also,
my feeling on classroom time being more important than "field trip" time
is completely the opposite of some that has been stated here. Kids can
get just as much, if not more, from hands on activities such as is
offered at the NESA weekend. It is just as educational. It is more fun
by far. Haven't you ever heard of teaching someone something without
them realizing it, maybe even while having fun. Gee, I would prefer to
learn that way. I know I retain more that way than by sitting in a
I say, let the school know that it's an educational trip and go for it.
In many cases, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Troop Committee Member, Troop 339, Baltimore Area Council
Assistant District Commissioner, Four Rivers District
Troop Committee Member, Troop 420, National Capital Area Council
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